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D2. Monitoring and Managing Falls

Principal Investigator: 
Laura Rice, Ph.D.
Team: 
Jacob Sosnoff, Ph.D. & Peter Presti, MSCS
Partners: 
Permobil, AB; Post-Polio Health International; Illinois Community Health and Aging Collaborative

Falls are common among wheelchair users and can result in injury, added challenges with daily activities, and admissions to hospitals and long-term care facilities.  We are developing a system that will accurately detect falls from wheelchairs to automatically alert caregivers or emergency professionals who can quickly respond to help. This will be accomplished through measuring acceleration patterns to detect a fall from a wheelchair and developing, refining, and evaluating a prototype for a customizable fall detection system. We will develop and test the prototype with the long-term goal of improving fall outcomes and recovery for wheelchair users.

        Female wheelchair user trying to turn around in kitchen

 

Related Publications:

Rice, L. A., Sung, J. H., Peters, J., Bartlo, W., Sosnoff, J. (2019). Perceptions of fall circumstances, recovery methods and community participation In manual wheelchair users. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation10.1097/PHM.0000000000001161
 
Rice, L.A., Peterson, E.W., Backus, D., Sung, J.H., Yarnot, R., Abou, L., VanDenend, T., Shen, S., Sosnoff, J.J. (In Press). Validation of an Individualized Reduction of Falls (iROLL) intervention program among wheelchair and scooter users with multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.​
 
Rice, LA., About, L., vanDenend, T., Peterson, E., Sosnoff, J.J. (2018). Falls among wheelchair and scooter users with multiple sclerosis. US Neurology, 14(2): 82-7. 10.17925/USN.2018.14.2.82
 
Rice, L.A., Sung, J.H, Peters, J., Bartlo, W., Sosnoff, J. (2018). Perceptions of fall circumstances, injuries and recovery techniques among power wheelchair users. Clinical Rehabilitation 32(7) 985-993. 10.1177/0269215518768385
 
Rice, L.A. Isaacs, Z., Ousley, C., Sosnoff, J.J. (2018). Investigation of the feasibility of an intervention to manage fall risk among wheeled mobility device users with multiple sclerosis. International Journal of Multiple Sclerosis Care. 20-3:121-128. 10.7224/1537-2073.2016-097
 
Sung, J., Trace, Y., Peterson, E., Sosnoff, J., Rice, L. A. (2017). Falls among fulltime wheeled mobility device users with spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis: A comparison of characteristics of fallers and circumstances of falls. DisabilRehab, 41, 389 -395. 10.1080/09638288.2017.1393111
 
Rice, L.A. Kalron, A., Berkowitz, S., Backus, D., Sosnoff, J.J. (2017). Fall prevalence in wheeled mobility device users living with multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96:35(e7860). 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.08.120
 
Rice, L.A., Ousley, C., Sosnoff, J. J. (2015). A systematic review of risk factors associated with accidental falls, outcome measures and interventions to manage fall risk in non-ambulatory adults. Disabil Rehabil. 37(19): 1697-705. 10.3109/09638288.2014.976718