Using electronic aids to daily living after acquired brain injury: a study of the learning process and the usability.
2007 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, ISSN 1748-3107, Vol. 2, no 1, 23-33 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
PURPOSE: The purpose was to study the ability of persons with memory impairments after acquired brain injury to learn how to and use electronic aids to daily living (EADL) and to describe changes in function and quality of life.
METHOD: Eight participants stayed in two apartments equipped with a set of basic and advanced EADL for either 4 or 6 months during an intervention time of 2 years. The teaching and learning method was influenced by certain principles of errorless learning. Ability to learn to use EADL was measured by structured observations. Function and quality of life were assessed with self-rating questionnaires.
RESULTS: Results indicate that the participants learned to use EADL in their everyday activities. They perceived that EADL were very useful and easy to learn. Occupational performance and satisfaction with occupational performance and quality of life was improved.
CONCLUSION: The results indicate that EADL may play an important role in facilitating everyday activities and improve satisfaction with occupational performance and quality of life for people with memory impairments. The study indicates the importance of adjusting technology to the user's needs and calls for more consideration for human-technology interaction factors.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 2, no 1, 23-33 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-71413DOI: 10.1080/17483100600856213PubMedID: 19263551OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-71413DiVA: diva2:448259