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Can J Occup Ther. 2005 Dec;72(5):301-8.

Measuring the outcomes of word cueing technology.

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University of Toronto, Bloorview MacMillan Children's Center, Toronto, ON. c.tam@bloorviewmacmillan.on.ca

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Measurement of assistive technology outcomes is complex because many factors (e.g., environment and model of service delivery) influence the successful use of the technology.

PURPOSE:

Using the example of measuring the outcomes of word cueing technology, this paper presents an approach for measuring assistive technology outcomes.

METHOD:

The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) was administered to 29 children with physical and learning disabilities, between the ages of 3.9 and 19 years. Participants were provided with WordQ, a software program designed to assist the development of writing skills. Follow-up data were collected through telephone interviews.

RESULTS:

The COPM findings supported the effectiveness of WordQ Version 1 to enhance written productivity, with a mean performance change score of 3.5 (SD = 1.5). The COPM was an effective tool for measuring clients' perceived outcome of word cueing technology. Telephone interview was considered a successful method for collecting outcome data.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

A mix of tools and methodologies should be used to gain a comprehensive understanding of the impact of assistive technology.

PMID:
16435591
DOI:
10.1177/000841740507200507
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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