This study develops a novel theoretical model that clarifies the main determinants of the acceptance of an innovative Assistive Technology by neurological/neuromuscular patients with upper limb motor disability. The model has been developed through a three stage method: Literature Review, Expert Judgement Elicitation and a pilot test of the model involving fourteen patients. The theoretical model organizes the most relevant determinants of patient acceptance along two dimensions, that reflect different perspectives. On the one hand, there is vertical dimension that is characterized by the distinction between functional vs. emotional perspectives. On the other hand, there is a horizontal dimension that is characterized by the distinction between individual vs. relational perspectives. This study has both theoretical and practical implications towards design and diffusion of rehabilitation/assistive devices with the intent to improve patients’ independence and quality of life.

Acceptance model of an innovative assistive technology by neurological patients with a motor disability of their upper limb

Onofrio R.;Gandolla M.;Lettieri E.;
2020

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This study develops a novel theoretical model that clarifies the main determinants of the acceptance of an innovative Assistive Technology by neurological/neuromuscular patients with upper limb motor disability. The model has been developed through a three stage method: Literature Review, Expert Judgement Elicitation and a pilot test of the model involving fourteen patients. The theoretical model organizes the most relevant determinants of patient acceptance along two dimensions, that reflect different perspectives. On the one hand, there is vertical dimension that is characterized by the distinction between functional vs. emotional perspectives. On the other hand, there is a horizontal dimension that is characterized by the distinction between individual vs. relational perspectives. This study has both theoretical and practical implications towards design and diffusion of rehabilitation/assistive devices with the intent to improve patients’ independence and quality of life.
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
978-3-030-51827-1
978-3-030-51828-8
Acceptance model
Assistive technology
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