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Title: Overview of Assistive Technologies for Adults in a Minimally Conscious State : An integrative Review
Authors : Graf, Anja
Advisors / Reviewers : Huber, Marion
Publisher / Ed. Institution : ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Issue Date: 2016
License (according to publishing contract) : Not specified
Language : German
Subjects : Assistive technology; Microswitch; Voice output communication aid; Minimally conscious state
Subject (DDC) : 615.8515: Occupational therapy
Abstract: Background: Through the use of assistive technologies persons in a minimally conscious state could gain an active engagement role. Objective of the Study: Create an overview of assistive technologies used for rehabilitation interventions, which foster self-determination in adults in a minimally conscious state. Methods: Through a literature search in the databases CINAHL, PubMed, Web of Science, Cochrane, PsycINFO and Medline publications were selected according to the following criteria: (1) adult persons (18+) with a diagnosis of minimally conscious state, (2) survey of assistive technologies. Findings: Persons in a minimally conscious state can use microswitches to activate an environmental stimulation or a voice output communication aid. Relevance to Clinical Practice: Interventions with assistive technologies are of crucial importance because no other intervention focuses on the acquisition of an active engagement role. Limitations and Recommendations for Further Research: Important results may be missed because publications, which involved beside persons in a minimally conscious state also persons with other disabilities, were excluded. Further research should assess the effects of the devices and investigate other related devices.
Departement: Health Professions
Publication type: Bachelor Thesis
DOI : 10.21256/zhaw-1160
Appears in Collections:Bachelorarbeiten Ergotherapie

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