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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Rehabilitation professionals' perceptions of the use of new visualisation software tools with people with stroke
Author(s): Ballinger, Claire
Taylor, Anne
Loudon, David
Macdonald, Alastair S
Keywords: Biomechanical data
qualitative research
visual software technology
stroke rehabilitation
Issue Date: Feb-2016
Date Deposited: 28-Feb-2018
Citation: Ballinger C, Taylor A, Loudon D & Macdonald AS (2016) Rehabilitation professionals' perceptions of the use of new visualisation software tools with people with stroke. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 11 (2), pp. 139-149.
Abstract: Purpose: Theenvisageprogramme of research was funded to explore and evaluate the use of visualisation software tools using biomechanical data within rehabilitation. Three work packages were developed to evaluate the impact of the tools within stroke rehabilitation. The research presented here aimed at exploring the perceptions of rehabilitation therapists about the use of the visualisation software tools in the context of future randomised controlled trials and stroke rehabilitation practice. Methods: Sixteen therapists working in a range of stroke rehabilitation contexts participated in semi-structured interviews. Interview questions explored their current practice, and the perceived impact of the new visualisation technologies on their workplace environment and practice. Framework analysis was used to analyse the textual data. Results: In general, the stroke therapists were enthusiastic about the potential application of the visualisation software tools. Three themes were identified through qualitative framework analysis: potential uses of the visualisation tools; integration within current service provision; and trial involvement. Conclusions: The study highlights important contextual considerations which may impact significantly on the success of novel technologies in stroke rehabilitation. Normalisation process theory was proposed as a useful process evaluation methodology to optimise both trial evaluation and future service implementation.
DOI Link: 10.3109/17483107.2015.1111941
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology on 06 Jan 2016, available online:

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