UCL Discovery
UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Assistive Technology Use and Provision During COVID-19: Results From a Rapid Global Survey

Smith, EM; Toro Hernandez, ML; Ebuenyi, ID; Syurina, EV; Barbareschi, G; Best, KL; Danemayer, J; ... MacLachlan, M; + view all (2020) Assistive Technology Use and Provision During COVID-19: Results From a Rapid Global Survey. International Journal of Health Policy and Management 10.34172/ijhpm.2020.210. (In press). Green open access

[thumbnail of IJHPM39541605040200.pdf]
Preview
Text
IJHPM39541605040200.pdf - Published version

Download (829kB) | Preview

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted all segments of society, but it has posed particular challenges for the inclusion of persons with disabilities, those with chronic illness and older people regarding their participation in daily life. These groups often benefit from assistive technology (AT) and so it is important to understand how use of AT may be affected by or may help to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. Objective: The objectives of this study were to explore the how AT use and provision have been affected during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how AT policies and systems may be made more resilient based on lessons learned during this global crisis. METHODS: This study was a rapid, international online qualitative survey in the 6 United Nations (UN) languages (English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese) facilitated by extant World Health Organization (WHO) and International Disability Alliance networks. Themes and subthemes of the qualitative responses were identified using Braun and Clarke's 6-phase analysis. RESULTS: Four primary themes were identified in in the data: Disruption of Services, Insufficient Emergency Preparedness, Limitations in Existing Technology, and Inadequate Policies and Systems. Subthemes were identified within each theme, including subthemes related to developing resilience in AT systems, based on learning from the pandemic. CONCLUSION: COVID-19 has disrupted the delivery of AT services, primarily due to infection control measures resulting in lack of provider availability and diminished one-to-one services. This study identified a need for stronger user-centred development of funding policies and infrastructures that are more sustainable and resilient, best practices for remote service delivery, robust and accessible tools and systems, and increased capacity of clients, caregivers, and clinicians to respond to pandemic and other crisis situations.

Type: Article
Title: Assistive Technology Use and Provision During COVID-19: Results From a Rapid Global Survey
Location: Iran
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.34172/ijhpm.2020.210
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.34172/ijhpm.2020.210
Language: English
Additional information: © 2020 The Author(s); Published by Kerman University of Medical Sciences. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Ageing, Assistive Technology, Crises, Disability, Health Policy, Resilience
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Mechanical Engineering
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10115755
Downloads since deposit
175Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item