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Development of Technologies to Increase In-Seat Movement to Prevent Sitting-Acquired Pressure Injuries in Wheelchair Users
- 6 study visits total
- Up to 3 visits may be in person
801 Atlantic Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30318
We are conducting a research study to test two pressure mapping systems that connect to a SmartPhone using Bluetooth technology, and that can measure the pressure between you and your wheelchair cushion.
Eligible participants must be:
- 18 years of age or older
- Require full-time wheelchair use for mobility
- Use a skin protection and positioning wheelchair cushion
- Able to perform weight shifts independently.
Study participation involves using two types of pressure mapping systems with your wheelchair cushion that are connected by Bluetooth to a mobile app on your smartphone. One of the apps will show areas of high pressure on your pressure mat or may tell you to perform movements to relieve pressure in those areas. The other app will provide you with knowledge about your preventative pressure relief behaviors. You will attend up to 3 in-person study visits at our lab on Georgia Tech’s campus during which you will receive education about pressure injury prevention, complete questionnaires, and receive training on the pressure mapping systems and mobile applications. Study participation will last for approximately 13 weeks.
You will be paid $200 for each 4-week intervention phase and post-intervention visit/call (there are 2 total) that you complete, totaling $400 in remuneration for the 13-week study. If you miss a study visit or intervention phase, your total payment will be prorated accordingly. You will also receive parking vouchers or a handicapped parking pass (one day) for each in-person study visit.