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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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
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec 1

Publication series

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



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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

Cite this

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).