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PS2.4: Effectiveness of Transfer Training for Wheelchair Users with Multiple Sclerosis

Transfers are needed to perform common activities and if performed incorrectly can result in falls or injury. Limited training is available to full time mobility device users (MDUs) with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The purpose of this study is to examine the efficacy of a transfer training program for MDUs with MS. After exposure to the training program, fall frequency significantly decreased and transfer skills and seated postural control significantly improved in 16 MDUs with MS.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to;



Laura A. Rice, PhD, MPT, ATP
University of Illlinois
Champaign, Illinois
United States

Laura Rice is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois. Her research focuses on increasing quality of life and community participation among wheeled mobility device users through enhancement of functional mobility and prevention of injury. She received her PhD in Rehabilitation Science and Technology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 and a M.S. in Physical Therapy from Duquesne University in 2004.



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    3. Tsai, C. Y., Rice, L. A., Hoelmer, C., Boninger, M. L., & Koontz, A. M. (2013). Basic psychometric properties of the transfer assessment instrument (version 3.0). Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 94(12), 2456-2464. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2013.05.001

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