Our Research

South Florida SCIMS Projects

The South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems (SFSCIMS) program, sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and the US Department of Education, provides assistance to establish innovative projects for the delivery , demonstration, and evaluation of comprehensive medical, vocational, and other rehabilitation services to meet the needs of individuals with spinal cord injury. The research projects that the SFSCIMS is conducting seek to support this goal of providing state-of-the-art care to the SCI community during the time of their rehabilitation and beyond.

What is New in our Research?

Equity and Quality in Assistive Technology (EQuATe) Module

Purpose: To collect descriptive data on assistive technology (AT) used by individuals with SCI including wheelchair make, model, failures and repairs. The data will enable us to track the impact of insurance market changes, find differences in wheelchair failures, and present this information to wheelchair users.

Criteria: To participate in this research survey, you must have a a traumatic SCI and be at least one year post surgery.

Duration: This survey will require approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Survey can also be done over the phone if you wish.

Enrollment:open until further notice

Principal Investigator: Robert Irwin,MD

If you wish to participate in this study, please contact Zachary Abdo (305-243-3860)

Compensation will be given for completion of the survey.

Part 2

In the second part of this study, there is a wheelchair maintenance app. You do not have to be a participant in the first part of this study in order to participate but you must be have a SCI and predominantly use a wheelchair.

For more information visit PITT Wheelchair App

Additionally, whether or not you qualify for this particular study, our friends at PITT have developed a free 1-hour web-based training program on optimizing transfer technique. To find more information go to: PITT Transfers