Using traction provided by service dogs has physical
benefits for wheelchair users. The objective of this
study was to document the effect of a service dog on
wheelchair mobility and user shoulder pain, social
participation, and quality of life. Eleven wheelchair
users with spinal cord injury were assessed before and
after training with a service dog and 7 months later.
Results showed that the service dogs seem to be an
effective way to improve wheelchair skills, social participation,
and quality of life. More extensive research
is needed to identify the effect of service dogs on the
long-term management of wheelchair use.
Volume 50 Number 3, 2013
Pages 341 — 350
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