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Disabil Rehabil. 1997 Dec;19(12):528-35.

Assessing consumer profiles of 'ideal' assistive technologies in ten categories: an integration of quantitative and qualitative methods.

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  • 1Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology Evaluation and Transfer, University at Buffalo, New York 14214, USA.


This paper focuses on two trends in the field of disability and rehabilitation: (a) the desire to conserve resources and yet provide consumers with the highest quality assistive technologies that they find personally appealing and useful; and (b) the involvement of the consumers of rehabilitation services in key decisions regarding the products and services they receive. The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology Evaluation and Transfer (Buffalo, NY, USA) has endeavoured to accomplish both by employing a mixed methods approach to consumer-identified needs and preferences regarding several categories of assistive technology. The purpose of this paper is to describe the methods used in sufficient detail for replication by other researchers.

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