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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Assistive devices utilisation in activities of everyday life – a proposed framework of understanding a user perspective
Author(s) Krantz, Oskar
Date 2012
English abstract
Purpose: This theoretical article proposes a framework of understanding a user perspective of assistive devices utilisation in everyday life. Method: Utilising the MPT model (Matching Person and Technology) and the ValMO model (Values and Meaning in Human Occupations), a framework of understanding is proposed. Results: Main components are person, assistive device, and activity, connected by the person’s expectations and experiences concerning the doability/doworthiness (possible to do/worth doing) of an activity, and the usability/useworthiness (possible to use/worth using) of an assistive device. Expectations may differ based on not only earlier experiences (habitus), but also situational and environmental variations, and result in differing experiences. In general, the purpose of an assistive device is to increase a person’s repertoire of doable activities. For a person, this can be a function of the evaluation of possible gains, in terms of correlation between investments (in terms of time and energy), and the (expected) result of the activity. Conclusions: The only person able to estimate the useworthiness/usability of a device and the doworthiness/doability of an activity is the user her/himself, assessing the degree at which a specific assistive device enhances the value of an activity, in turn affecting the habitus of the (presumptive) user.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/17483107.2011.618212 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Link http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/17483107.2011.618212 (external link to publication)
Publisher Informa UK, Ltd.
Host/Issue Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology;3
Volume 7
ISSN 1748-3107
Pages 189-198
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) agency
assistive technology
disability
MPT (Matching Person and Technology)
ValMO (Value and Meaning in Human Occupations)
SUSA
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13827 (link to this page)

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