ERIC Number: ED349759
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Stimulating the Manufacturing and Distribution of Rehabilitation Products: Economic and Policy Incentives and Disincentives.
Scadden, Lawrence A.
Personal interviews and written correspondence were used to obtain information from 39 officers of companies involved in the manufacture and distribution of rehabilitation-related products, regarding their perceptions of the potential effects of various economic factors and governmental policies. An attempt was made to identify disincentives to industry participation in the field of rehabilitation technology and to discover incentives that might promote increased commercial activity. Findings are reported for the following issues: financing rehabilitation product acquisition; product identification, selection, and evaluation; market data; federal regulations; patent policy; liability insurance; professional training; and federal funding for development and manufacturing activities. Survey results suggest that industry will supply products for disabled people when market demand is present. Company leaders apparently do not consider identification or evaluation of new products to be disincentives to involvement in the rehabilitation market, nor do they consider government regulations and patent policy to be major disincentives. The primary disincentives relate to small market size, the meager financial resources available to disabled customers, and the difficulties encountered in disseminating product information. (JDD)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Disabilities, Economic Factors, Equipment Evaluation, Federal Aid, Federal Regulation, Government Role, Incentives, Legal Responsibility, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Industry, Marketing, Patents, Public Policy, Rehabilitation, Research and Development, Technology
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Electronic Industries Foundation, Washington, DC. Rehabilitation Engineering Center.