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PS7.3: Wheelchair Skills Training: University Course vs. Boot Camp

Occupational therapy students typically receive limited wheelchair skills training within their university curriculum. A quasi-experimental study compared the effectiveness of providing this education via a university course vs. a boot camp. Both groups demonstrated improvements in wheelchair skill and confidence and self-efficacy to test and train wheelchair skills, with greater improvements by the university course group. The effectiveness of these approaches to wheelchair skills training for occupational therapy students and future directions will be discussed.


Learning Objectives:

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



Paula W Rushton, OT PhD
University de Montreal
Montreal, Quebec

Paula Rushton is an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at the University de Montreal and a researcher at the CHU Ste-Justine Research Center. She obtained her MClSc(OT) from the University of Western Ontario (1999), her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of British Columbia (2010) and her postdoctoral training at the University de Montreal in Biomedical Sciences (2014). Her research is focused improving the wheeled mobility of children and adults.

Genevieve Daoust, BsOT
Centre de Readaptation Marie Enfant, CHU Sainte-Justine
Montreal, Quebec



    1. Best, K. L., Routhier, F., & Miller, W. C. (2014). A description of manual wheelchair skills training: Current practices in Canadian rehabilitation centers. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 10(5), 393-400.
    2. Kirby, R.L., Smith, C., Parker, K., MacLoed, D.A., McAllister, M., Rushton, P.W., et al. (2014). Wheelchair Skills Program (WSP) Version 4.2, Wheelchair Skills Training Program (WSTP) Manual. Halifax, Nova-Scotia: Dalhousie University.
    3. Giesbrecht, E. M., Wilson, N., Schneider, A., Bains, D., Hall, J., & Miller, W. C. (2015). Preliminary Evidence to Support a “Boot Camp” Approach to Wheelchair Skills Training for Clinicians. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96(6), 1158-1161.

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