A lifetime AT outcome measurement scale: The impact of a computer for people with muscular dystrophy

Mamoru Iwabuchi, Rumi Hirabayashi, Kenryu Nakamura, Rie Fukumoto, E. A. Draffan

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Abstract

In this study, a new assistive technology (AT) outcome measurement scale R-MATE (Retrospective Measurement of Assistive Technology Outcome) was developed and applied to the use of a personal computer as a writing tool for people with disabilities. R-MATE asks the user to evaluate their own skills and abilities, e.g. their self-efficacy and competency, in a retrospective manner bearing in mind their personal environment, tasks undertaken as part of their life events and introduction to assistive technology. Self-efficacy for writing was measured using R-MATE with thirteen patients who had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). The result showed that AT introduction increased the user's self-efficacy although it varied among the individuals and their life phases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenges for Assistive Technology. AAATE 07
EditorsGorka Eizmendi, Jose Miguel Azkoitia, Gerald Craddock
Pages676-680
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec 1

Publication series

NameAssistive Technology Research Series
Volume20
ISSN (Print)1383-813X
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8071

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Keywords

  • Assistive technology outcome
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  • personal computer
  • self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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Iwabuchi, M., Hirabayashi, R., Nakamura, K., Fukumoto, R., & Draffan, E. A. (2007). A lifetime AT outcome measurement scale: The impact of a computer for people with muscular dystrophy. In G. Eizmendi, J. M. Azkoitia, & G. Craddock (Eds.), Challenges for Assistive Technology. AAATE 07 (pp. 676-680). (Assistive Technology Research Series; Vol. 20).