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The Experiences and Perceptions of Healthcare Professionals regarding Assistive Technology Training: A Systematic Review.

Manship, Sharon, Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni, Moore, Julia, Stein, Maria, Towse, Debra, Smith, Raymond (2023) The Experiences and Perceptions of Healthcare Professionals regarding Assistive Technology Training: A Systematic Review. Assistive Technology, 36 (2). pp. 123-146. ISSN 1040-0435. E-ISSN 1949-3614. (doi:10.1080/10400435.2023.2219294) (KAR id:101412)

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Worldwide there is an increasing demand for assistive technologies (ATs) that can support people to live independently for longer. Healthcare professionals (HCPs) often recommend AT devices, however there exists a lack of availability of devices and appropriate training in the field. This systematic review aimed to synthesise the available evidence into the experiences and training needs of HCPs in relation to AT. Six electronic databases were searched without date restrictions: MEDLINE, PsycINFO, SPP, SSCI, CINAHL, and ASSIA. Journal handsearching, searching reference lists of included studies and relevant reviews and contacting experts in the field of AT were also conducted. Findings were analysed using narrative synthesis. Data from 7846 participants from 62 studies were synthesised, eliciting perceived challenges in access to and provision of training, resulting in knowledge gaps across disciplines and geographic locations. Mechanisms to mitigate these issues included ongoing support following training and tailoring education to meet individual needs, since comprehensive training is essential to maintain and improve competence, knowledge and confidence. Further research is required to explore the impact and effectiveness of AT training for HCPs to ensure users of devices are supported to live independent and healthy lives.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/10400435.2023.2219294
Uncontrolled keywords: assistive technology; training; healthcare professionals; assistive devices; education; training needs
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Sharon Manship
Date Deposited: 25 May 2023 14:49 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2024 11:54 UTC
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