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The benefits of environmental control systems as perceived by disabled users and their carers.

Authors: Harmer J, Bakheit AMO

Year: 1999

Source: British Journal of Occupational Therapy 62(9):394-398.

Abstract: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the environmental control systems (ECSs) on the functional independence of the user and the amount of care needed for the user. The second purpose of the study was to ascertain the use of accessibility, acceptibility and reliability of ECS. The study was also aimed to find out if the training in the use of ECS yields any additional benefits of the ECS. 16 users and 13 caregivers were enrolled for the study. Semi-structured interviews were carried out and they were also given a questionnaire to fill out. It was found that of the 17 functions, statistical significant improvement was found in 7 of the functions through the use of ECS. The caregivers revealed that the use of ECSs reduced the amount of care needed for the user. Although the second purpose was not determined, the researchers concluded that the use of ECSs has been very useful for people with disabilities and also their caregivers. (CIRRIE Abstract)

Institution: Dorset HealthCare NHS Trust, Shelley Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH1 4JQ, United Kingdom

Language: English

Subject headings: Abstracts, Caregivers, Cerebral palsy, Environmental control systems, Functional evaluation, Independent living, Multiple sclerosis, Muscular dystrophy, Occupational therapy, Rehabilitation, Spinal cord injuries

Geographic areas: Europe, United Kingdom

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