The research team for this Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) has been extensively involved with a wide range of activities and organizations attempting to characterize and prioritize the needs within the field of wheelchair transportation safety. It is interesting to note that there is significant overlap between NIDRR-specified priorities, national and international standards groups priorities and the priorities identified by the University of Pittsburgh-RERC on Wheeled Mobility 2001 State of Science Conference. Summaries of these efforts follow:
With completion of ANSI/RESNA WC19 Wheelchairs Used as Seats in Motor Vehicles standard, the Subcommittee on Wheelchairs and Transportation has identified the following future work items. These items, in priority order include:
Most of these items have also been cited as priorities within the ISO Standards committees.
The participants at the RERC on Wheeled Mobility State of Science 2001 Conference reached consensus upon the following priorities as being key to advancing the field of wheelchair transportation safety (Univ of Pittsburgh, 2001). Participants of the State of Science Conference included consumers, clinicians, manufacturers, researchers and rehabilitation technology providers.
The following specific priorities have been identified in the NIDRR RERC on Wheelchair Transportation Safety RFP. NIDRR priorities share similarities with future research goals defined by the standards groups and the RERC on Wheeled Mobility State of Science Conference.
We have identified 16 interrelated tasks across six specific priority (SP-1through SP-6) areas. Within each absolute priority area are two or three interrelated tasks that address different aspects of the stated priority. Each of the six priorities begins with an overview of the need and benefits to the target constituency. Section B of this proposal provides descriptions of the proposed Tasks for each priority. Following the overview, each task typically includes designation of responsibility, review of the literature, objectives, a brief explanation of methodology, dissemination activities, anticipated outcomes and a timeline of planned activities. It should be noted that in most cases proposed research tasks entail “applied” research activities and therefore are not intended to be traditional hypothesis-driven type projects. Rather than conducting research to prove or disprove a particular hypothesis, most research tasks will be conducted for the purpose of gathering information needed to advance a particular objective. However, in those cases where human subjects are employed, rigorous research protocols with IRB approval will be followed.
In addition to research tasks, all RERC's have general requirements. The general requirements are addressed in five activities that include: Information Dissemination, Utilization and Technical Assistance; Training; State of Science Conference, Technology Transfer and Collaboration. You can link to the specific plan for this RERC by using the hyperlinks that follow.
Last updated: December 9, 2005
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