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Effect of service dogs on manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injury: A pilot study

Geoffroy Hubert, MSc, et al.

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.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.07.0124

Volume 50 Number 3, 2013
   Pages 341 — 350


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Hubert G, Tousignant M, Routhier F, Corriveau H, Champagne N. Effect of service dogs on manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injury: A pilot study. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(3):341–50.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.07.0124
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