The Stability of Impact of Assistive DevicesBy Day, H.; Jutal, J.; Woolrich, W.; Strong, G.; Disability and Rehabilitation, Vol. 23, No. 9, pp. 400-404
Publication Date: 2001
Study conducted to test the hypothesis that the impact of assistive technology (AT) usage would decrease over time as the user becomes more adapted to his or her AT. The researchers conducted a one-year follow up on every client at a Canadian clinic, all of whom had received first-time prescriptions for eyeglasses. Each participant’s experience was evaluated via the Psychosocial Impact of Assistive Devices Scale. The results indicated that the positive impact yielded by prescription of the eyeglasses did not diminish significantly among the participants who continued using their devices. The authors concluded that the PIADS provides clinicians with a reliable and efficient method for assessing the role of psychosocial factors in the retention or abandonment of AT.
Assistive Products Discussed: PSYCHOSOCIAL IMPACT OF ASSISTIVE DEVICES SCALE (PIADS)
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International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (Web Site: http://www.isprm.org )