Experiences and desires of people with tetraplegia living with and without electronic aids to daily living: an Irish focus group study

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dc.contributor.author Verdonck, Michèle Claire
dc.contributor.author Steggles, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.author Chard, Gill
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-16T17:35:01Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-16T17:35:01Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Verdonck, M.C., Steggles, E., & Chard, G. (2009). Experiences and desires of people with tetraplegia living with and without electronic aids to daily living: an Irish focus group study. In: RESNA Assistive Technology & All That Jazz. 23-27 June 2009, New Orleans, USA. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/522
dc.description.abstract This qualitative descriptive study explores the lived experience for persons with a high cervical spinal cord injury who have Electronic Aids to Daily Living (EADLs), and for persons who have no EADLs. Fifteen people with cervical spinal cord injuries attended four focus groups. Data analysis uncovered a novel framework of several themes that were organised into three categories: experiences, desires and meanings of living with EADL. Users’ and non users’ groups revealed homogenous themes. Experiences and desires are explored further in this paper. Themes within the category of experiences included: EADL devices, supply support and training, abandonment, mouthsticks and powered wheelchairs. Desires included: simple stuff, reliability, aesthetics and voice activation. Findings offer valuable personal insights about life with EADL to be considered by all involved with EADL. en
dc.description.sponsorship Health Research Board (HRB research fellowship for the Clinical Therapies, CTFP-06-15) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher RESNA en
dc.relation.ispartof RESNA Assistive Technology & All That Jazz. 23-27 June 2009, New Orleans, USA.
dc.relation.uri http://web.resna.org/conference/proceedings/2009/JEA/Verdonck.html
dc.rights © 2009 RESNA en
dc.subject Environmental control systems (ECS) en
dc.subject Focus groups en
dc.subject Tetraplegia/quadriplegia en
dc.subject Qualitative en
dc.subject Electronic Aids to Daily Living (EADL) en
dc.subject Electronic assistive technology (EAT) en
dc.subject.lcsh Quadriplegia en
dc.subject.lcsh Quadriplegics--Rehabilitation en
dc.subject.lcsh Spinal cord--Wounds and injuries en
dc.subject.lcsh Rehabilitation technology en
dc.title Experiences and desires of people with tetraplegia living with and without electronic aids to daily living: an Irish focus group study en
dc.type Conference item en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Michele Verdonck, BScOT, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Rochestown Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Ireland. Office Phone +353 1 235 5415 EMAIL: great.sci@gmail.com 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.internal.copyrightchecked Permission granted by Nell Bailey, RESNA, 13 Feb 2011. RESNA grants permission for you to include the conference paper of Verdonck in your repository. M. Nell Bailey Executive Director en


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