Stroke Survivors' Experiences of Computer Use at HomeBy Dorey, Brenda; Reid, Denise; Chiu, Teresa; Technology and Disability, Vol. 19, pp. 179-188
Publication Date: 2007
Study explores the experiences of stroke survivors using personal computers at home. For the study, in-depth interviews and observations with 6 stroke survivors were conducted. The objectives of the study were to determine stroke survivors’ use of personal computers at home in their daily lives, and the unique needs, modifications or assistive technology required regarding their personal computer use. Main uses of the computer reported were email to maintain and expand social networks, and use of the Internet for online banking and shopping, and for information on stroke-related health issues as well as topics such as vacation destinations and genealogy. Barriers to computer use reported included keyboarding difficulties and perception problems, e.g. difficulties reading certain fonts, as well as problems related to memory deficits which impacted Internet navigation. Use of a voice-activated computer program to compensate for keyboarding difficulties was reported, but was not deemed useful. Participants’ recommendations to healthcare professionals included the provision of a CD with pertinent health-care information for stroke patients upon discharge from hospital. Limitations to the study and implications for further research 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 )