Coverage Policy Survey

The University of Pittsburgh, in collaboration with other investigators, seeks the opinion of all stakeholders related to identifying the attributes of a new coverage policy for Complex Rehabilitation Technology (CRT). Broad feedback is being sought from all stakeholder groups including people who use wheelchairs, care-partners/caregivers, clinicians, suppliers, manufacturers, technicians, policymakers, and funding sources.. This work is part of a larger Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project funded to investigate and propose a new CRT policy that better aligns with best practices and the needs of people who use the devices.

Participation includes responding to a series of 10 statements related to your opinion of certain elements that should be included in a new policy such as timeliness, repairs/maintenance, improved communication, accountability, and durability. The survey should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete. This survey is a follow-up to a previous one that investigated stakeholder opinion on the current state of CRT.

No identifiable information will be gathered about people who complete the survey however there are some demographic questions such as country of residence, first three digits and/or letters of zip/postal code, and primary stakeholder group. There is also a text box for additional comments. Results will be aggregated and used for consideration in the development of a new proposed policy.

Participation is voluntary and participants can withdraw at any time. The University of Pittsburgh’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) determined the survey does not meet the definition of “human subjects research” thus does not require full IRB review or the written or signed consent of survey respondents.

More information about the project can be found at

Click Here to Access the Survey

… and in case that link doesn’t work, here is the direct link to copy/paste into browser:

This is an opportunity for all to express their opinions regarding attributes to a new CRT Policy.

Please feel free to contact should there be any questions or comments. Also feel free to forward this announcement to other stakeholders you know.

Thank you in advance for completing the survey and contributing to the advancement of wheelchair service provision.


Mark Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP and Brad Dicianno, MD
Project Co-Investigators