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ERIC Number: EJ902504
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1938-727X
Perspectives of Outcome Data from Assistive Technology Developers
Rust, Kathy Longenecker; Smith, Roger O.
Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits, v3 n1 p34-52 Fall 2006
The assistive technology (AT) field acknowledges that different stakeholders vary in their perspectives of service delivery outcomes. While the literature delineates consumers, caregivers and providers as stakeholders with distinct views, very little research documents these unique perspectives. This study reports on the perspectives of (a) research-based federally funded, and (b) commercial AT product developers. Developers who received federal funding in 2001 were queried on their outcomes methodologies. Also, a random sample of manufacturers drawn from the ABLEDATA database and technology exhibitors at RESNA and AOTA conferences were surveyed. The data revealed that developers acknowledge the usefulness of outcomes data and relate that they would use outcomes information if available. Commercial manufacturers perceived cost as different from other outcome dimensions, interestingly, with lower importance. Also, formal research methods were used more frequently than anticipated. This same group of commercial manufacturers also stated a gap between outcome measures they used and what they would use if available. This study contributes an important empirical snapshot of AT product developers and their perspectives of AT outcomes. (Contains 6 tables and 4 figures.)
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Language: English
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