Transfer Assessment Instrument & Transfer Biomechanics

For individuals who rely on wheelchairs for mobility, performing transfers is essential to achieving independence with activities of daily living. For example, transfers are required for getting into and out of bed, on and off a bathtub/shower seat, commode seat, motor vehicle seat and so on. Unfortunately transfers (along with wheelchair propulsion, weight relief, and overhead activities) are believed to largely contribute to the development of shoulder pain and injury.

In order to understand the injury mechanisms, our Clinical Biomechanics Lab has conducted research on the influence of different transfer techniques and environmental setups. We summarized our findings to develop the Transfer Assessment Instrument (TAI) – the first clinical tool for evaluating transfer skills in detail. We also proved that the TAI is reliable and functional in serving as a guideline for clinicians to evaluate and teach transfer skills.

Our future projects will further look into wheelchair users’ common transfer problems and create a clinical-based transfer training app to improve current transfer training programs. The data we collected on transfers from a broad spectrum of community-dwelling mobility device users is being used to inform engineers, architects, and designers who design public and private spaces about how to modify the environment to enable people who use wheeled mobility devices the highest degree of independence. We believe these transfer studies can improve wheelchair users’ quality of life by preventing them from being injured during transfers.

 

 

Transfer Assessment Instrument & Transfer Biomechanics 

Transfer Assessment Instrument & Transfer Biomechanics