Collaborative Module Research Projects

  • Equity and Quality in Assistive Technology (EQuATe)

Wheelchairs play is an important role in the lives of individuals with spinal cord injury. Our research has found that wheelchair quality is poor and is getting worse. Our research also indicates that the quality of wheelchairs prescribed and subsequent quality of life outcomes differed significantly by racial background. The goal of this multi-site study is to investigate the equity and quality of assistive technology provision and outcomes for individuals with SCI. The aims of this research project are:

  1. To collect data on assistive technology used by individuals with spinal cord injury.
  2. To broadly disseminate findings related to wheelchair failures to the wheelchair community thus enabling individuals with spinal cord injury to make informed choices.
  3. To explore the influence of individual characteristics on differences in asstive technology quality and other health related outcomes for individuals with spinal cord injury.
  4. To explore the influence of provider characteristics on differences in assistive technology quality and other health related outcomes for individuals with spinal cord injury.

Lead Center: University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury

Participating Centers:
Frazier Rehab and Neuroscience Spinal Cord Injury Model System
Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System
National Rehabilitation Hospital
New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center
Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System
Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System
Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley
Spaulding Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System

  • Enhancement and Evaluation of the SCI-FI Instrument v.2

Lead Center: New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center

  • Importance of Regular Exercise and Activity in Improving Life Satisfaction and Reducing Breathlessness

Lead Center: Spaulding Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System

  • SCIMS Data Set: Preparing for Future Changes

Lead Center: Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System