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Falls is a health crisis that costs health care systems billions of dollars each year. This crisis is especially relevant for people living with spinal cord injury (SCI) as most of these people will fall at least once per year. Falls can cause injury and a fear of falling, which often causes people to restrict their mobility and daily activities. Despite its importance, fall prevention for people with SCI is understudied, and as a result, there is a lack of treatments to address their high fall risk. We will evaluate a new treatment for fall prevention. Photovoice is a method that uses photographs and dialogue to share experiences, understand an issue and promote positive change. Specifically, we aim to evaluate the effects of photovoice on confidence related to balance and falls, occurrence of falls, participation in daily activities and quality of life among people living with SCI. We also aim to understand participants' experiences with photovoice as a fall prevention program. To achieve these aims, 40 individuals living with SCI will participate in this study. Participants will complete a six-week photovoice program that involves photo assignments, individual interviews and group meetings. The program will be led by a person with SCI and a member of the research team with a background in physical or occupational therapy or kinesiology. Questionnaires will be used throughout the study to measure confidence, participation and quality of life. The occurrence of falls will be tracked for 12 weeks before and after the photovoice program. At the end of the study, each participant's experiences with photovoice will be collected through interviews. The proposed research will address a critical gap in SCI rehabilitation, namely effective fall prevention, to improve well-being after SCI. The research findings will inform the need for, and design of, a larger clinical trial, and has the potential to transform fall prevention after SCI.

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NCT number NCT04864262
Study type Interventional
Source University Health Network, Toronto
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date June 30, 2021
Completion date June 30, 2023

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