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Occupational therapists' perceptions about the clinical utility of the 3D interior design software

Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology

Author: Atwal, A., Money, A.G., Spiliotopoulou, G., Mcintyre, A.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2013


Purpose: The 3D interior design software (3DIDS) is a technology, which primarily allows users to simulate their homes and visualize any changes prior to implementing them. This feasibility study aimed to examine occupational therapists’ perceptions about the clinical utility of the 3DIDS. A secondary aim was to explore the attitudes of occupational therapists towards technology in general. Method: Three focus groups were conducted with 25 occupational therapists working with older people in the UK. The qualitative data were analysed using inductive thematic analysis. Results: The three main themes that were identified were usage and attitudes of technology, opportunities for realistic application of the 3DIDS and related threats and benefits for the occupational therapy profession. Occupational therapists had a positive attitude towards technology. They suggested that the 3DIDS could be used in discharge planning and in rehabilitation. They viewed it as a tool that could enhance their status within the health care profession and improve communication, but not as a tool that should replace the role of the occupational therapist. Conclusions: This research offers new and important findings about the utilization of the 3DIDS by occupational therapists and provides information as to where this technology should be trialled.

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Full Title: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
Pages: 348-355
Volume: 8
Issue: 4
Section: 348
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 12/06/2013
Keywords: 3D technologydesign softwaredischarge planninghome adaptationshome visitsolder adults
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