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ERIC Number: EJ930339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1040-0435
Accommodation Outcomes and the ICF Framework
Schreuer, Naomi
Assistive Technology, v21 n2 p94-104 2009
Accommodation of the environment and technology is one of the key mediators of adjustment to disability and participation in community. In this article, accommodations are tested empirically as facilitators of return to work and participation, as defined by the "International Classification of Disability, Function, and Health" (ICF) and the Consortium for Assistive Technology Outcomes Research (CATOR). Both provide ideal models to examine this phenomenon with descriptive concepts and the relations between them. Nevertheless, there is a lack of predictive, empirically operational examinations of these models in order to serve the needs of assistive technology (AT) researchers and clinicians. The contribution of the current study is empirical examination of a framework to identify outcome measures for accommodation with AT. It confirms the major theoretical categories of outcomes: use, match to person/activity, effectiveness, participation, and well-being. Ninety adults with physical disabilities were evaluated in their natural workstations one year after adaptation of their computer workstation. Using the structural equation modeling (SEM) analysis method, findings confirmed the conceptual model, N = 90, [chi][superscript 2](30) = 33.47, p greater than 0.05, and the various outcome measures chosen for this study. Future research and clinical applications of the proposed model and the SEM examination are discussed. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel