Delivery System of Assistive Devices: Guidelines and ProtocolsBy Knops, H.T.P.; Reichrath, E.; Assistive Technology - Shaping the Future: AAATE 2003 Conference Proceedings, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 375-379
Publication Date: 2003
Article discusses assistive technology (AT) service delivery policies in the Netherlands, which take on a demand-controlled approach referred to as “deregulation.” Deregulation involves growing towards a clear-cut, efficient, and high-quality supply of AT. As a result, professionals and healthcare insurance companies will have to provide quality services to clients. The Institute for Rehabilitation Research performed a study in the Netherlands that aimed to evaluate the delivery system of eight categories of AT: (1) stoma supplies, (2) incontinence supplies, (3) diabetes supplies, (4) elastic stockings, (5) decubitus supplies, (6) hearing devices, (7) devices for oxygen treatment, and (8) devices for feeding through a probe. Upon review, the researchers concluded that the service delivery provisions were not being implemented correctly and efficiently. Implications for improvement are discussed.
Published by: IOS Press (Website:http://www.iospress.nl)
Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) (Web Site: http://www.aaate.net )