Electric Beds: Recommendations Based on Users' SatisfactionBy Vincent, Claude; Demers, Louise; Occupational Therapy Now,
Publication Date: March/April 2002
Canadian user-satisfaction survey of two models of fully adjustable electric beds. A fully adjustable electric bed provides 3 different types of adjustments: bed height, and angle adjustment of the head and foot of the bed. The evidence-based study was conducted by L’Équipe de consultation sur les aides techniques (ÉCAT), an assistive-device interest group in Quebec. Focus of the study was on the elements users considered important, and the level of satisfaction expressed, for two electric beds frequently recommended by occupational therapists, the Rotec and the Invacare. Forty-three electric-bed users completed the Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction With Assistive Technology, Version 2.0. The evaluation tool includes 12 elements of satisfaction, organized into two sub-scales linked to technical aspects and services, with a five-point rating scale for each element. Participants were also asked which four elements they considered the most important; comfort, ease of use, security and efficiency were found to be the most important factors. Overall, the Rotec’s ratings were somewhat higher than those of the Invacare. Limitations to the study and implications for further research are discussed.
Assistive Products Discussed: QUEBEC USER EVALUATION OF SATISFACTION WITH ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY (QUEST 2.0)
Published by: Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (Website:http://www.caot.ca)
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