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Scoping review of economic evaluations of assistive technology globally

Albala, SA; Kasteng, F; Eide, AH; Kattel, R; (2021) Scoping review of economic evaluations of assistive technology globally. Assistive Technology , 33 (sup1) pp. 50-67. 10.1080/10400435.2021.1960449. Green open access

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Abstract

The paper presents a scoping review of existing economic evaluations of assistive technology (AT). The study methodology utilized a PRISMA flow approach with final included studies that met an adapted PICOS framework. Types of economic evaluations employed, study type and rigor and domains of AT impact were considered and analyzed. The economic evaluations in this study included 13 CBA, 9 CMA, 18 CEAs and 10 CUA. The majority of studies (32 studies in total) mentioned or recorded that AT investment, access and/or usage had impacts on the domain of both informal and formal health care. Specifically, care costs, time, and resources were affected. Our study has found that current AT economic evaluations are limited. This study advocates for a wider use of robust alternative evaluation and appraisal methodologies that can highlight AT value and which would subsequently provide further evidence that may make governments more willing to invest in and shape AT markets.

Type: Article
Title: Scoping review of economic evaluations of assistive technology globally
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1960449
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/10400435.2021.1960449
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC on behalf of the RESNA. 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: assistive technology, cost-saving, evaluation, value
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Inst for Innovation and Public Purpose
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10141185
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