Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206


The objective of this study is to evaluate the impact of VRSim 3.0 on power wheelchair (PWC) driving skills and to obtain qualitative feedback from users on the design of the virtual reality (VR) simulator to inform device development.

Study summary:

A virtual reality platform may lead to better training of people with complex disabilities who desire to be power wheelchair users and thus allow them to benefit from living a more active life. A virtual reality training program could significantly impact the lives of people with disabilities by improving function, reducing abandonment of power wheelchairs, and reducing morbidity and mortality and associated costs occurring from power wheelchair accidents. This new virtual reality training program will reflect improvements in accessibility, customization, simulator sickness, ease of use, and will have report generating capabilities as compared to previous virtual reality training platforms. The investigators expect that virtual reality training will be a superior alternative to standard in-person wheelchair training.


Inclusion Criteria: - Volunteers must be 14 years or older. - Volunteers must have a disability that prevents them from effectively and independently using a manual wheelchair, power assist wheelchair, or scooter. - Volunteers must be able to communicate in English, follow simple commands, and give written informed consent. Exclusion Criteria: - Volunteers with active seizures. - Volunteers who have active pelvic or thigh wounds. - Volunteers who require a test wheelchair but who exceed the weight capacity of the test wheelchair (>300 lbs). - Volunteers who require a test wheelchair but also require specialized seating that cannot be replicated for the training.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Brad E Dicianno, MD
University of Pittsburgh

Brad E Dicianno, MD
Phone: 412-822-3700
Email: dicianno@pitt.edu

Backup Contact:

Email: ste11@pitt.edu
Stacy Eckstein, BS
Phone: 412-822-3700

Location Contact:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206
United States

Brad E Dicianno, MD

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: February 04, 2019

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