Psychosocial Impact of Assistive Devices in StrokeBy Jutai, Jeffrey W.; Hartley, Mark W.; RESNA 26th International Annual Conference 2003,
Publication Date: 2003
Study conducted to examine the patterns of assistive technology (AT) device adoption and the psychosocial impact of devices following stroke. The research participants were 450 individuals who had suffered a stroke for the first time. Each participant rated their AT devices using the Psychosocial Impact of Assistive Devices Scale (PIADS), which is a 26-item self-rating scale that measures three important quality of life domains, including: (1) adaptability, (2) competence, and (3) self-esteem. Respondents rate each item on a 7-point scale that ranges from –3 (maximum negative impact) to +3 (maximum positive impact). The midpoint, zero, indicates no impact or no perceived change resulting from device use. The most frequently adopted devices following stroke were canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. The participants indicated that their devices yielded a modest positive psychosocial impact.
Assistive Products Discussed: PSYCHOSOCIAL IMPACT OF ASSISTIVE DEVICES SCALE (PIADS)
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)