A Randomized Exercise Trial for Wheelchair Users


Phase N/A Results N/A

Trial Description

People with mobility disabilities are at greater risk than the general population for incurring health problems. Many of these conditions are preventable through behavior and lifestyle changes such as exercise and physical activity. Recent evidence suggests that people with disabilities experience the same physiologic response to exercise as the general population. Nonetheless, nearly three-fourths of those with disabilities report being entirely sedentary or not active enough to achieve health benefits. Despite some knowledge of issues that limit physical activity among this population, few studies have investigated methods for promoting physical activity adoption among people with disabilities, including wheelchair users. The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of a behavioral intervention to promote physical activity adoption over 6 months and maintenance of physical activity over another 6 months by community-dwelling manual wheelchair users.



  • Educational session to promote physical activity Other
    Intervention Desc: Educational session, goal setting, self monitoring of daily engagement in physical activity
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: 1
    Description: Intervention group to promote physical activity
  • Minimal contact Other
    Intervention Desc: Self guided education manual about adopting physical activity, self monitor daily engagement in physical activity
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: 2
    Description: Minimal contact control group

Trial Design

  • Allocation: Randomized
  • Masking: Open Label
  • Endpoint: Efficacy Study
  • Intervention: Parallel Assignment


Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Weekly minutes spent in aerobic and strengthening activity Baseline, 12, 26 and 52 weeks No