Electronic aids to daily living: be able to do what you want

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dc.contributor.author Verdonck, Michèle Claire
dc.contributor.author Chard, Gill
dc.contributor.author Nolan, Maeve
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-31T17:34:30Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-31T17:34:30Z
dc.date.copyright 2011
dc.date.issued 2011-05
dc.identifier.citation VERDONCK, M. C., CHARD, G. & NOLAN, M. 2011. Electronic aids to daily living: be able to do what you want. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 6, 268-281. doi:10.3109/17483107.2010.525291 en
dc.identifier.volume 6 en
dc.identifier.issued 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 268 en
dc.identifier.endpage 281 en
dc.identifier.issn 0963-8288
dc.identifier.issn 1464-5165
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/503
dc.identifier.doi 10.3109/17483107.2010.525291
dc.description.abstract Purpose. This study explores the experiences of Irish people with high cervical spinal cord injuries living with electronic aids to daily living (EADL) and the meaning attributed to such systems in the context of participation in everyday life. Method. Qualitative methodology using a phenomenological approach was used to explore the phenomenon of living with EADL. Data were collected using four focus groups of users and nonusers of EADL (n = 15). All participants had high cervical spinal cord injuries (C3-5). Groups were video recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using descriptive phenomenological analysis. Findings. Findings revealed key elements of the meaning of living with EADL. Two key themes, time alone and changed relationships are described. These contribute to the super ordinate theme of autonomy. Findings suggest that participants perceived improvements in both anticipated and actual lived experiences with EADL. Themes are interrelated and together represent a summary of the experience of living with environmental controls. The themes described are similar to those found in other spinal injury studies relating to quality of life. Conclusions. Findings highlight differences in life experiences for those with and without EADL and provides motivation to address this difference. Such insights are valuable for both users and providers of EADL. en
dc.description.sponsorship Health Resarch Board (Research fellowship for the Clinical Therapies (CTFP-06-15)) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Informa Healthcare en
dc.relation.uri http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/17483107.2010.525291
dc.rights (c) 2011 Informa UK, Ltd. en
dc.subject Environmental control systems (ECS) en
dc.subject Electronic assistive technology (EAT) en
dc.subject Qualitative inquiry en
dc.subject Cervical spinal cord injury en
dc.subject.lcsh Occupational therapy en
dc.subject.lcsh Rehabilitation technology en
dc.subject.lcsh Spinal cord--Wounds and injuries en
dc.title Electronic aids to daily living: be able to do what you want en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Michèle Claire Verdonck, Occupational Therapy, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Rochestown Ave, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Ireland. en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.contributor.funder Health Research Board en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology en
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Sherpa Romeo en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress great.sci@gmail.com en

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