RETRACTED: Knowledge, experience and training needs of health and social care professionals in assistive technology, ADAPT project

  • Saunders K
  • Sakel M
  • Biswash M
  • et al.
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Purpose: To gain an insight into current awareness, prescription, knowledge and training needs of health and social care professionals working with assistive technologies (AT) within the ADAPT EU research project (South UK & Northern France). To understand different types of AT that are being used and for what purposes. To gain an insight into professionals' experiences and opinions of potential barriers and challenges in the uptake of AT. To ascertain what kind of training and education in AT would be considered relevant, useful and feasible by professionals to inform the design and development of an accessible AT training curriculum. Method(s): Anonymous online questionnaire survey compliant with all UK Data Protection laws. Variety of structured and unstructured questions including Likert scales. Questions were categorised into 3 domains of knowledge, experiences and training needs. Open questions were used to capture deeper narratives. Survey questionnaires were disseminated via professional networks. Data analysed via descriptive statistics. Canterbury Christ Church University Research Ethical Committee provided favourable opinion for initiation of survey via academic networks on 7th December 2017. Approved by HRA (UK) & Health Care Research Wales Ethics Committee on 17 April 2018. IRAS application 244485 Rec Ref: 18/HRA/1751 Results: Total sample size = 328 84 in UK and 244 in France (FR). UK 32% aged 40-49 years, FR 32% aged 30-39 years UK 74% Female, FR 83% Female Profession: UK 51% OTs, 9% Other, 16% SALT, 7% Community Nurse, 6% Physiotherapists (PT) Areas of work: UK 51% Community NHS, 14% Charity, 14% Acute NHS, 8% Other, 7% Education sector, 3% Private company. AT organisation membership: UK 93% Not registered. FR 82% Not members. UK AT Knowledge: 58% professionals agreed that AT provides more autonomous living in the home, school, work and community Narrative: "It depends on the individual and the context" 48% agreed that AT is often provided in a trial and error manner Narrative: "Inevitably there is an element of trial and error involved as the ultimate test is user acceptance" UK AT Experience: Examples of where AT is used in practice: 5 themes: Communication & technology aids; Dementia and cognitive impairment; Home and Environment Safety; Patient Care; Mobility UK Training Needs: 78% did not think that there was adequate in-service (work-based) training in AT for healthcare professionals who commonly use AT 62% did not think that there was adequate training in AT for patients and their carers who require AT Conclusion(s): There are identified needs for the provision of training in AT for health and social care professionals. Training needs identified relating to improving overall knowledge, awareness of variety and accessibility of AT devices, prescription and customisation of AT, clinical knowledge of patients using AT, funding mechanism of AT, training needs of patients and those delivering training in this area. Implications: To increase the uptake of AT, substantial investment is necessary for training the end-users including the professionals. Funding acknowledgements: 8.7 million Euros Total Project budget (Interreg EU).Copyright © 2018




Saunders, K., Sakel, M., Biswash, M., & Bhugobaun, T. (2019). RETRACTED: Knowledge, experience and training needs of health and social care professionals in assistive technology, ADAPT project. Physiotherapy, 105, e198.

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