Irish occupational therapists' views of electronic assistive technology

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Verdonck, Michèle Claire
McCormack, Cathy
Chard, Gill
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Introduction: Electronic assistive technology (EAT) includes computers, environmental control systems and information technology systems and is widely considered to be an important part of present-day life. Method: Fifty-six Irish community occupational therapists completed a questionnaire on EAT. All surveyed were able to identify the benefits of EAT. Results: While respondents reported that they should be able to assess for and prescribe EATs, only a third (19) were able to do so, and half (28) had not been able to do so in the past. Community occupational therapists identified themselves as havinga role in a multidisciplinary team to assess for and prescribe EAT. Conclusion: Results suggest that it is important for occupational therapists to have up-to-date knowledge and training in assistive and computer technologies in order to respond to the occupational needs of clients.
Electronic assistive technology (EAT) , Environmental control systems (ECS) , Electronic aids to daily living (EADL) , Computers
Verdonck M, McCormack C, Chard G (2011) Irish occupational therapists’ views of electronic assistive technology. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(4), 185-190. doi: 10.4276/030802211X13021048723291
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