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Identifying Awareness of Wheelchair Related Technologies and Clinical Guidelines

Identifying Awareness of Wheelchair Related Technologies and Clinical Guidelines

This is the 2nd in a series of surveys for the Voice of the Consumer research study in which we aim to collect information and opinions directly from individuals living in the United States or its territories who use mobility related assistive technology. In this survey we want to see what is known about various assistive technologies and where people get their knowledge of technology and clinical guidelines.

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire which will ask you about your disability and the types of assistive mobility devices that you use. We will also ask you to share your thoughts on where you get information related to assistive mobility technology. Additionally, we will ask you if you are aware of known clinical guidelines related to assistive mobility technology. Finally, we will ask some general questions about you such as your gender, ethnicity, and the type of community setting in which you live.

You are being asked to take part in this study because you are 18 years of age or older and use mobility related assistive technology (e.g. wheelchair, scooter, prosthesis, etc.). We aim to obtain information from up to 2000 participants in this survey. There are no physical risks associated with agreeing to participate in this study. We will collect a minimal amount of identifiable information (first name, last name, & date of birth) to try to ensure that each participant completes the questionnaire only once. You will be asked to provide your email address if you would like to be contacted to participate in future surveys in this series. Therefore, there is a slight risk of breach of confidentiality, but the research team will do everything possible to prevent this risk. Authorized representatives of the University of Pittsburgh Research Conduct and Compliance Office may review your identifiable research information for the purpose of monitoring the appropriate conduct of this research study.

As our study will involve numerous individual surveys, released over time, you may be unsure whether or not you have already completed the current survey. If you are unsure, we encourage you to contact us. Our Coordinators, James Joseph and Stacy Eckstein, can be reached at 412-822-3700 and are happy to check on this for you.

The questionnaire will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. You will not directly benefit from participating in this research, however, the information collected may help the research team evaluate and/or improve ways to spread knowledge of assistive technologies which may in turn benefit users of these devices, caregivers, and clinicians in the future. Your participation in this research is voluntary. You do not have to take part in this study, and your refusal to participate will involve no penalty or loss of rights to which you are entitled. You may withdraw from this study at any time.

Following completion of this questionnaire you may choose to be entered in to a drawing to win $100. To participate in this drawing please enter a phone number where you can be reached in the space provided so we can contact you if you win.

If you have any questions about this study, please contact the Clinical Coordinators at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) at (412) 822-3700. Questions about your rights as a research participant can be answered by the Human Subject Protection Advocate at the University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board at 1-866-212-2668.


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