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Title Response actions to difficulties in using everyday technology after acquired brain injury
Author/s Maria Larsson Lund, Ann-Louice Lovgren Engstrom, Jan Lexell
Department/s Division of Occupational Therapy (Closed 2012)
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Alternative location (URL) http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/1103... Restricted Access (Alternative Location)
Publication/Series Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Publishing year 2012
Volume 19
Issue 2
Pages 164 - 175
Document type Journal article
Status published
Quality controlled yes
Language English
Publisher informa healthcare
Abstract English Purpose: People with acquired brain injury (ABI) have difficulties using everyday technology (ET) in daily tasks at home and in society. To support them in managing the demands imposed by using ET, knowledge is needed concerning their response actions to the difficulties. The aim of this study was to explore and describe what characterizes response actions to difficulties using ET, their conditions, and how they influence the experiences of tasks in daily life among people with ABI. Methods: Interviews and observations were undertaken with 13 persons with an ABI. Data were analysed qualitatively using the constant comparative method. Results: The participants' response actions were categorized as (i) deliberate and organized planning, (ii) random and inflexible repeating (iii), re-evaluating tasks, (iv) explaining difficulties related to others, and (iv) proving and protecting capability. Certain conditions were decisive for the different response actions to be applied and also for their effectiveness in enabling engagement in tasks in daily life. Each participant used several types of response actions and the same action could be applied in several situations. Conclusion: To support people with an ABI to manage the demands imposed by using ET, it is important to identify the uniqueness of each client and his or her response actions to difficulties using ET and thereafter adjust the interventions accordingly.
Subject Medicine and Health Sciences
Keywords activities of daily living, adaptation, assistive technology, brain, injury, occupational therapy, psychological, rehabilitation
ISBN/ISSN/Other ISSN: 1103-8128

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