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Stakeholder views addressing the development and uptake of powered wheelchair assistive technology

Gillham, Michael, Pepper, Matthew G., Kelly, Stephen W., Howells, Gareth (2017) Stakeholder views addressing the development and uptake of powered wheelchair assistive technology. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, . ISSN 1748-3107. E-ISSN 1748-3115. (doi:10.1080/17483107.2017.1416186)

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Abstract

Purpose: The objective of this research is to identify stakeholder views with regard to the development of effective powered wheelchair assistive technologies more suited to the user and carer needs, whilst also meeting the requirements for other stakeholders, such that developers can be better guided towards producing solutions which have a better chance of getting to the market place and hence to the end user.

Results: The 74 stakeholders across the eight classes who responded had a good correlation between each other, with a cross class ‘Pearson’s correlation’ ranging between 0.7 and 0.95, and the ‘Fleiss’s Kappa reliability of agreement’ within each class ranging between 0.07 and 0.36.

Conclusions: This research has identified that all stakeholders should be involved in the development of the technology and that some may benefit in ‘role-reversal’ to help understand user problems and stakeholder concerns more clearly. Cost was a significant barrier to the uptake of appropriate technology, and training of users and carers was a major issue. Furthermore development should not increase user isolation and the impact on the user must be monitored for ‘quality of life’. Technical support and training should be given to the user and their carers and equipment must be adaptive to meet the changing needs of the user.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/17483107.2017.1416186
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Michael Gillham
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2017 16:48 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2020 04:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/65424 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Howells, Gareth: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5590-0880
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