Year of Publication

2014

Date of Thesis

12-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Occupational Therapy

Subject Categories

Self-help devices for people with disabilities

Abstract

Background: Research on the outcomes of assistive technology devices and services is necessary in order for consumers and other associated parties to fully realize the impact that these devices can offer to those with disabilities. A previous study found that a mounting system improved functional and psychosocial characteristics of users, and that it was used in unanticipated ways. Purpose: To improve upon the methodology of prior research conducted that evaluated the consumer’s perspective on using the Mount’n Mover mounting system. Method: A quasi-experimental research design was implemented to evaluate the device’s impact on the functional capacity and quality of life of participants that had just acquired the device. Four new users were participants in this study. Two participants used the device in a school setting, and two used the device in a community-based habilitation program. The Occupational Self-Assessment (OSA) and sections of the Assistive Technology Predisposition Assessment (ATD-PA) at pretest and three-week follow-up were administered. Personal factors, environmental conditions, and expectations for device use were also explored in relation to whether or not the device was used. Results: Marginal improvements in functional capability and quality of life were noticed, with few outcomes producing statistically significant results. No conclusions could be drawn regarding differences between those who abandoned the device and those who continued device use. Results of this study were very different to those in previous work, and environmental conditions were implicated as a potential factor. Conclusion: Limitations resulting from low sample size prevented generalization of results, but the results raise important questions regarding the potential effect of environmental conditions on device outcomes.

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