Barriers and Facilitators to Mobile Phone Use for People with Aphasia

  • Greig C
  • Harper R
  • Hirst T
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AbstractPurpose: Mobile phone use increases social participation. People with the communication disorder of aphasia are disadvantaged in the use of information and communication technology such as mobile phones and are reported to be more socially isolated than their peers. The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health provides a framework to address the impact of environmental factors on individual participation. The aim of this preliminary study was to identify the barriers and facilitators to mobile phone use for people with aphasia. Method: A qualitative descriptive study involving two phases was conducted: (1) semi-structured interviews with 6 individuals with aphasia who owned or expressed a desire to own a mobile phone; (2) structured observations of key scenarios identified in the interviews of 3 participants who were sampled from the interview study. Results: Results identified 18 barriers and 9 facilitators to mobile phone use. Key barriers an...

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  • Carole-Ann Greig

  • Renée Harper

  • Tanya Hirst

  • Tami Howe

  • Bronwyn Davidson

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