Development of Technologies to Increase In-Seat Movement to Prevent Sitting- Acquired Pressure Injuries in Wheelchair Users


About this study

The purpose of this study is to provide wheelchair users with personal-use technology that provides effective feedback to increase movement to prevent pressure injuries.


Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Currently be 18 years of age or older;
  • Live in the community and be able to come to the Mayo Clinic Rochester Downtown campus for study visits;
  • Have paraplegia or quadriplegia due to a spinal cord injury that includes sensory loss below their level of injury, and require full-time wheelchair use for mobility;
  • Be able to tolerate sitting for a minimum of 6 hours per day, 7 days per week;
  • Be able to perform weight shifts independently.

Exclusion Criteria: 

  • There is an active stage 3, 4, or unstageable pressure ulcer as defined by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel definitions anywhere on their sitting surface;
  • They are not able to complete an adequate weight shift without help;
  • They live in a long term care facility or group home and require 24 hours/day assistance;
  • They have a known history of any condition or factor judged by the investigator to preclude participation in the study or which might hinder adherence.



Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Melissa Morrow, Ph.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Melissa Morrow Ph.D.

(507) 266-3400

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