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The physical and psychological impact of using a computer-based environmental control system: a case study

Squires, L.A. and Rush, F. and Hopkinson, A. and Morrison, V. (2013) The physical and psychological impact of using a computer-based environmental control system: a case study. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 8 ((5)). pp. 434-43. DOI: 10.3109/17483107.2012.749427

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Abstract

Purpose: To evaluate a new computer-based environmental control system, Subvenio, in terms of its physical and psychological impact in a single case study of a 46-year-old woman with a severe physical disability, tetraplegia. Expectations of the system and factors relating to successful Subvenio use were also sought. Method: A longitudinal questionnaire measured function (BI; FAI), mental health and wellbeing (GHQ-12; WHO-5) 6 weeks before, and 10 and 26 weeks after Subvenio installation. Expectations and Subvenio experience were explored through open-ended questions. Daily assessment of mood and Subvenio use was also recorded for a one-week period in-between each time point. Results: Data obtained did not suggest changes in global functioning or emotional wellbeing whilst activity increased for specific everyday tasks such as turning on the lights and television. Qualitatively, other benefits of Subvenio were identified such as independence and less reliance on carers. Conclusions: Computer-based assistive technology (AT) points to qualitative benefits for this individual, encouraging further research with larger samples. Various factors facilitated Subvenio use and the benefits derived from it, including device factors and personal characteristics (e.g. pain). Healthcare and service providers should communicate with AT/environmental control system users about these factors before and during provision to maximise benefits and limit AT abandonment.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Psychology
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 16:40
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 03:04
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/716
Identification Number: DOI: 10.3109/17483107.2012.749427
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