The purpose of this study is to learn more about why people with spinal cord injury fall and how the risk of falling affects daily activities and quality of life.
A researcher from the Lyndhurst Centre – Toronto Rehabilitation Institute will contact you every month for six months to ask you questions about your health, activities and falls. During this six month period you will be asked to record any falls that you have. If you fall in the six month period, you may choose to attend three study visits, totaling 3-4four hours in duration, at the Lyndhurst Centre. The Lyndhurst Centre is located at 520 Sutherland Dr, Toronto, M4G 3V9. The first two visits will be spaced about one week apart. The third visit will occur 1-4 months after the second visit.
Over six months you will complete a short survey anytime that you have a fall. The survey asks what you were doing when you fell. A researcher will also contact you by phone or email every month to ask a few questions about your health, and to complete a few standardized surveys about your participation in activities and quality of life. These tasks will take about 10 hours to complete over six months.
If you have a fall in the six month period, you may choose to attend three study visits. At the first study visit, the study procedures will be explained to you. After the first visit you will take photographs of things or places that affect your risk of falling over seven days. At the second study visit, you will talk about your photographs with a researcher. At the third study visit, you will talk about your photographs with a small group of other people with spinal cord injury. These study tasks will take about ten hours to complete. You will be compensated for travel costs (e.g. parking, TTC, taxi).
If you or anyone you know might be interested in participating, please contact us for more information! Please note that email should be used for general communication only; sensitive or confidential health information should not be shared over email.
Kristin Musselman, PT PhD
Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Kristin.Musselman@uhn.ca 416-597-3422 ext.6190
Project Funding: The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation