Do you routinely provide transfer assistance to an adult with a physical disability? You and your care recipient may be able to participate in a study to evaluate CATT by using it to find out how individuals with physical disabilities and their caregivers perform assisted transfers. Eligible participants have served as a caregiver for at least 3 months. Compensation is provided.
The purpose of this research study is to examine the Caregiver Assisted Transfer Technique Instrument (CATT), a tool used to assess proper transfer technique with a goal of reducing injury risk to caregivers and their care recipients.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- Over 18 years old
- Routinely (2 or more transfers per week) provide transfer assistance to an adult with a physical disability
- Been a caregiver for at least 3 months or undergoing supervised transfer training with a rehabilitation professional
- No formal didactic or structured training on assisted transfer techniques
- Caregiver and recipient must both be eligible to participate
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
- 4 visits
- For the first visit, you will be asked to complete surveys and perform routine transfers.
- For the second visit, you will be asked to perform the same transfer procedures as visit one.
- For visits three and four, you will asked to complete an online assessment of your transfer skills.
IRB: STUDY20070186B- Reliability and Validity of the Caregiver Assisted Transfer Technique Instrument (CATT)
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Alicia Koontz, PhD, RET, APT, is an associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology and the Associate Director for Research at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories. Dr. Koontz received her PhD degree in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh and BS and MS degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Wright State University. Koontz's research is aimed towards improving the health, function and quality of life of wheelchair users. She has expertise in the areas of rehabilitation biomechanics, assistive technology, and secondary injury prevention.