Researchers at the University of Washington are conducting a study to develop a new self-report survey instrument to measure mobility of lower-limb orthosis users. The researchers are seeking participants and are asking O&P providers for help in sharing information with their patients.
To develop the information that will guide patient care through the assessment tool, the researchers are asking O&P professionals to reach out to patients in person, by phone, and/or by email, by posting informational materials in visible areas such as waiting areas and patient rooms, and by sharing information about the study through social media and/or newsletters.
Interested individuals need to complete an online or paper survey that includes questions about the individual, their health, and their orthosis use. The survey takes 30-60 minutes to complete, and eligible participants will receive a $50 check by mail. A person is eligible to participate if they meet the following criteria:
· 18 years of age or older
· Ability to read, write, and understand English
· Ability to transfer, stand, or walk without the help of another person
· Use of an AFO, KAFO, HKAFO, or FES device for one or both legs
The study is being led by Brian Hafner, PhD, and is funded by the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association and the US Department of Defense.