Survey - Identifying Unmet Wheelchair Related Needs and the Future of Mobility Technology

Aug 31 2017

Rory Cooper, PhD of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) and the University of Pittsburgh would like to know about the assistive devices you use and your opinion about devices that may be available in the future. Your feedback is important to help guide future research and development.

Identifying Unmet Wheelchair Related Needs and the Future of Mobility Technology



This is a research study to collect information from individuals that use mobility related assistive technology to see whether the issues that we think are important are also important to you. 



The study involves 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 about technologies that may be available in the future. 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 intend to enroll up to 2000 participants.



There are no physical risks associated with agreeing to participate in this study. We will collect a minimal amount of identifiable information (last name, date of birth) to ensure that each participant completes the questionnaire only once. Therefore, there is a slight risk of breach of confidentiality but the research team will do everything possible to prevent this risk. 



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 assistive technologies which may in turn benefit users of these devices 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.