Equity and Quality in Assistive Technology for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury 2.0 (EQuATe)

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Modular (Joint)
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Start Date:
10/1/2016
End Date:
9/30/2021
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Abstract:
The objective of this project is to investigate the equity and quality of assistive technology (AT) provision and outcomes for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). The aims of this study are: 1) Collect descriptive data on AT used by individuals with SCI including wheelchair make, model, failures and repairs. Collect longitudinal data through a smartphone app. This data will enable us to track the impact of insurance market changes, find differences in wheelchair failures and present this information to wheelchair ¬users. 2) Explore the influence of individual characteristics such as financial strain, educational quality, health literacy, geographic location and self-efficacy on differences in AT quality and other health related outcomes for individuals with SCI. 3) Broadly disseminate findings related to wheelchair failures and repairs to the wheelchair community thus enabling individuals with SCI to make informed choices.