Baby boomers' use and perception of recommended assistive technology

Steel, Dianne M., and Gray, Marion A. (2009) Baby boomers' use and perception of recommended assistive technology. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 16 (10). pp. 546-556.

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Abstract

Aims: The aim of this study was to enhance the understanding of the baby boom generation's use and perception of recommended assistive technology.

Methods: A mixed quantitative and qualitative research design was employed, primarily based on a phenomenological framework. Literature was reviewed to provide an overview of the factors found to influence the use of assistive technology. Twelve patients (born 1946-1965 inclusive) from a regional Australian public hospital, who were recommended assistive technology upon discharge, were administered questionnaires. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with four participants.

Findings: Eight participants followed recommendations to hire/purchase assistive technology. All of the participants who obtained recommended assistive technology stated they 'used' it. Cost was identified as influencing non-use.

Conclusions: There was some variation from the literature in factors that influenced use, highlighting the importance of further examination of baby boomers and assistive technology use. The importance of choice and the diversity of opinion shown within this study group reinforces the need for a focus on patient-centred practice and acknowledgement of individual needs in the prescription of assistive technology.

Item ID: 11716
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1759-779X
Keywords: aging populations; assistive technology; baby boomers; perceptions
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2010 23:27
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 100%
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