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Promoting independence through the use of assistive technology

Beyer, Stephen Richard ORCID: and Perry, Jonathan 2013. Promoting independence through the use of assistive technology. Tizard Learning Disability Review 18 (4) , pp. 179-185. 10.1108/TLDR-03-2013-0028

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the impact of assistive technology (AT) on social care services and on the quality of life (QOL), particularly the independence, of people with intellectual disabilities. In addition, to make recommendations about an ethical approach to implementing AT. Design/methodology/approach – The evaluation is based on consideration of relevant research, particularly, research undertaken at the Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities at Cardiff University. Findings – AT can promote independence and prevent harm. There also appear to be benefits to social care services in terms of changes in staff input levels and reduced costs. However, the data are limited and existing studies have shown mixed results. Research limitations/implications – This is not a systematic review. Revised research methods may be needed to detect key outcomes from AT. Practical implications – A focus is needed on individual planning and robust and transparent processes to balance organisational and user benefits. There are implications for care management, person-centred planning and care commissioning to ensure good QOL outcomes are targeted by AT and that the delivery of these outcomes is monitored and ensured. Originality/value – Based on the existing literature on the impact of AT on people with intellectual disabilities, recommendations are made about an ethical approach to implementing AT.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Assistive technology, Ethical issues, Independence, Intellectual disability, Social care services, Telecare
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1359-5474
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 08:42

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