It is the aim of this study to use qualitative field research to gain a richer and broader interpretation of user perceptions towards ADs, their usefulness and perceptions of satisfaction to enable them independent living and a higher quality of life.
The proposed research study aims to identify factors that influence the use, and non-use of ADs within the elderly community within the UK. Participants will be recruited from local hospitals via newspaper ads and flyers on notice boards. A pilot-study will first establish if the questions to be included in the final study are relevant to the research aims. It will be expected that each participant meet specific selection criteria to be considered eligible to participate in this study. A home assessment visit (HAV) shall take place within the participants' homes, and a tape recorder will be used to record answers. A thematic analysis of the interviews shall be done, and Chi Square and Spearman's correlations undertaken with variables of appropriate levels of measurement.
A timetable and budget for the proposed research indicate the high feasibility of this study. It is also anticipated that the results from this study will be published in a peer-reviewed journal, so as to further inform OTs and other healthcare professionals in identifying
Assistive devices (ADs) are devices that assist the disabled with their daily living activities. Such devices have become a way for users to be more fully integrated into the wider community and to gain further independent function in their everyday lives. However, there are concerns that users' perceptions of ADs are not being fully incorporated into the decision-making processes of prescription by occupational therapists and other service providers (Heaton & McKenna, 2004; Gitlin et al., 1996; Pape & Weiner, 2002). These concerns arise from the relatively high rates of non-use of Ads once the patient has them to use within their home. Especially, there is concern that elderly patients who use ADs are abandoning their devices when they find them unsatisfactory, and so it is of