Quantum Rehab sponsors seat elevation study

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

EXETER, Pa. – Quantum Rehab is sponsoring a Georgia Tech study examining how power adjustable seat height can affect the everyday lives of wheelchair users.

“Some users still face funding barriers to this clinically-necessary mobility technology, so this research study will ideally clarify through data as to why funding sources should cover it for those in need,” said Jeannie Sayre, vice president of clinical development for Quantum Rehab. “Based on Quantum’s consumer base widely using power seat elevation, we see our sponsorship of this study as an advocacy role toward those we serve.”

The Rehabilitation Engineering and Applied Research Lab at Georgia Tech has already conducted a pilot study on seat elevation. Ninety percent of those who participated in the study used the technology as a tool for increased safety and independence during activities of daily living. They also used it for transferring, reaching and preparing meals.

The upcoming study seeks to expand the scope of the research by using a larger participant group and data-logging technology. It will also feature real-time feedback to create a real-world portrayal of how seat elevation is used daily and its clinical benefits to users, Quantum says.

The study kicks off in the spring of 2017.