Research into equipment abandonment
There is no doubt that the right piece of kit can make a wonderful difference to mobility and independence, but what about when it is wrong?
“Equipment abandonment” in the jargon, means that someone has been provided with an aid which for whatever reason, they don’t use.
A very interesting new research project at Brunel University is trying to find out the reasons behind the phenomenon, and thereby improve the way in which assistive equipment is specified and supplied.
Ruby Rice and Charlotte Pears are OT Masters students at Brunel University.
As part of their MSc dissertation, they are looking into the use of assistive equipment such as raised toilet seats, toilet frames, shower chairs, bath boards, chair raisers, walking frames and grab rails.
There are two elements to their research into assistive equipment use
• An online questionnaire, which doesn’t take long to complete (just a few minutes).
• In-depth telephone interviews with assistive equipment users, considering how they feel about the equipment, what they would change, how they use it, or why they don’t.
Both studies have been approved by the research ethics committee of Brunel University.
If you use, or have used in the past, one or more pieces of assistive equipment and you are aged 18 or over, you can help with this research by completing the questionnaire, which you will find here (link will open in a new browser window)
The closing date is 6th May 2017.
If you would like to contribute your opinions in a long telephone interview, you should contact researcher Charlotte Pears by phone, 07932 504 856 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before the 5th May.