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Evaluating the effectiveness of an educational program on assistive technology for formal caregivers [electronic resource] /

by Sewall, Kimberly M.

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Summary: Assistive technology has the potential to decrease caregiver burden, increase the independence of elders, and in turn decrease health care costs. Therefore, educational workshops which educate formal caregivers on current AT may be beneficial for caregivers, elders, and the health care system. The purpose of this research project was to evaluate the effectiveness of a seven-hour workshop intended to educate formal caregivers of elders on the proper use of current assistive devices. A quasi-experimental (without random assignments) pretest-posttest control group design was used. The participants for the study were recruited through a convenience sampling method. Eighty-nine caregivers agreed to participate in the intervention group and 96 formal caregivers comprised the control group. It was found that the intervention group participants significantly increased their subjective and objective knowledge and favorable attitudes towards AT use in all nine outcome variables following the workshop. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
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School:State University of New York at Buffalo

School Location:USA - New York

Source Type:Master's Thesis

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