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Use of assistive technologies in daily life: A portrait of current knowledge
Pierre-Yves Therriault1, Marie-Michèle Lord2, Alexe Desaulnier3, Galaad Lefay4
1Regular Professor, OccupationalTherapyDepartment, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
2Doctoral Candidate, Biomedical Sciences Program, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
3Doctoral Candidate, Biomedical Sciences Program, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
4Master Ergonomics Candidate, Université de Paris 5/Laboratory of research in ergology, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada

Article ID: 100044D05PT2018
doi: 10.5348/100044D05PT2018RA

Corresponding Author:
Pierre-Yves Therriault
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Quebec, Canada, G9A 5H7

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Therriault PY, Lord MM, Desaulnier A, Lefay G. Use of assistive technologies in daily life: A portrait of current knowledge. Edorium J Disabil Rehabil 2018;4:100044D05PT2018.


ABSTRACT

Assistive technologies (AT) are increasingly used in rehabilitation to support the fulfillment of client occupations, particulary the elderly. Indeed, the use of technology is now seen as an effective mean to meet various needs for this population. Several researches are concerned with assistive technologies, their use and design. This article aims to provide an overview of current knowledge about assistive technologies in rehabilitation. Several questions are addressed concerning the different actors concerned in the use of assistive technologies and the main families of AT considered in the literature. A synthesis of knowledge had been made with the methodology of interpretative approach of Pope et al. (2007). In addition to targeting the differents actors of the technological continuum, this review found that a varied nomenclature and classification are used when it comes to assistive technologies. It also pointed out that the design and use objectives of these technologies are different. Among other things, the study makes it possible to question the relevance of research in identifying a integrative model that can support the technological continuum and encourage the collaboration of various actors in order to adequately empower a person in the prospect of realizing meaningful occupations.

Keywords: Aging, Assistive Technology, Rehabilitation, Technology continuum


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Acknowledgements
Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Author Contributions
Pierre-Yves Therriault – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
Marie-Michèle Lord – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
Alexe Desaulniers – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content, Final approval of the version to be published
Galaad Lefay – Substantial contributions to conception and design, Acquisition of data, Analysis and interpretation of data, Drafting the article, Revising it critically for important intellectual content Final approval of the version to be published
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