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Assistive technology provision within the Navajo Nation: user and provider perceptions.

Reisinger KD, Ripat JD - Qual Health Res (2014)

Bottom Line: The findings revealed six themes common to both stakeholder groups and two additional themes for AT users.The central theme for AT users centered on (not) feeling understood; the central theme for AT providers revolved around the processes, activities, and roles the providers engaged in at times for different clients.Activities to increase awareness and to promote successful AT provision and satisfaction with AT devices were proposed.

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Affiliation: San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, USA reisinger@whirlwindatr.org.

No MeSH data available.


Model depicting central and supporting themes for assistive technology (AT) providers.Note. Themes in the outer cycle are consistent with themes for the AT users that provide the context; “Living with a disability” and “AT meaning, use, and benefits” themes were not evident in AT provider group (likely because of the individual perspective and meaning shared by AT user participants). Bold-faced themes in the inner cycle illustrate the main processes, activities, and roles of the AT provider participants.
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fig2-1049732314546755: Model depicting central and supporting themes for assistive technology (AT) providers.Note. Themes in the outer cycle are consistent with themes for the AT users that provide the context; “Living with a disability” and “AT meaning, use, and benefits” themes were not evident in AT provider group (likely because of the individual perspective and meaning shared by AT user participants). Bold-faced themes in the inner cycle illustrate the main processes, activities, and roles of the AT provider participants.

Mentions: The two AT-provider focus groups differed in their focus and priorities. One group consisted of front-line AT providers and representatives of a locally owned and operated medical transport company who strove to meet the needs of their clients (individuals with disabilities) rather than the funder. Participants in the second AT-provider focus group represented AT-device supply companies who clearly stated that the ease, predictability, and speed of reimbursement was necessary for the success of their business. Thus, the latter group viewed service providers (e.g., doctors, therapists) as their primary clients, although at times individuals with a disability became their primary clients. The central theme of the AT-provider focus groups revolved around the processes, activities, and roles the providers engaged in at times for different clients (see Figure 2).


Assistive technology provision within the Navajo Nation: user and provider perceptions.

Reisinger KD, Ripat JD - Qual Health Res (2014)

Model depicting central and supporting themes for assistive technology (AT) providers.Note. Themes in the outer cycle are consistent with themes for the AT users that provide the context; “Living with a disability” and “AT meaning, use, and benefits” themes were not evident in AT provider group (likely because of the individual perspective and meaning shared by AT user participants). Bold-faced themes in the inner cycle illustrate the main processes, activities, and roles of the AT provider participants.
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fig2-1049732314546755: Model depicting central and supporting themes for assistive technology (AT) providers.Note. Themes in the outer cycle are consistent with themes for the AT users that provide the context; “Living with a disability” and “AT meaning, use, and benefits” themes were not evident in AT provider group (likely because of the individual perspective and meaning shared by AT user participants). Bold-faced themes in the inner cycle illustrate the main processes, activities, and roles of the AT provider participants.
Mentions: The two AT-provider focus groups differed in their focus and priorities. One group consisted of front-line AT providers and representatives of a locally owned and operated medical transport company who strove to meet the needs of their clients (individuals with disabilities) rather than the funder. Participants in the second AT-provider focus group represented AT-device supply companies who clearly stated that the ease, predictability, and speed of reimbursement was necessary for the success of their business. Thus, the latter group viewed service providers (e.g., doctors, therapists) as their primary clients, although at times individuals with a disability became their primary clients. The central theme of the AT-provider focus groups revolved around the processes, activities, and roles the providers engaged in at times for different clients (see Figure 2).

Bottom Line: The findings revealed six themes common to both stakeholder groups and two additional themes for AT users.The central theme for AT users centered on (not) feeling understood; the central theme for AT providers revolved around the processes, activities, and roles the providers engaged in at times for different clients.Activities to increase awareness and to promote successful AT provision and satisfaction with AT devices were proposed.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, USA reisinger@whirlwindatr.org.

No MeSH data available.