Study Title: Assistive technology for engagement in daily activities: Acquisition and use from the perspectives of persons with MS and their AT facilitators
Rationale: Often, the variability of MS symptoms makes it difficult for individuals to do everyday activities. Using assistive technologies (AT) can make it easier for people with MS to engage in everyday activities in their homes and communities. For some people, using AT can support their ability to age-in-place.
Study Description: Twenty participants from across Ontario who are differ in their amount of experience using AT will be recruited for this study. We are looking for both people who are new to using AT, and people who are experienced users. If you use AT to do everyday activities, we want to talk to you about whether AT supports or limits you, and whether AT is meeting your needs. This study will involve two 60-minute interviews as well as a photo component. In between interviews, you will be asked to take photos of their AT to discuss during the second interview session.
Interviews may occur at the participant’s home or at a location mutually agreed upon by both participant and researcher. This research study will be conducted in Ontario.
Starting Date: 2022-05-11
Ending Date: 2023-08-31
Who can participate: Individuals with MS, 50 years of age and older, use assistive technologies/special equipment/adaptive equipment/devices to assist with daily activities, live in the community, and live in Ontario.
Trial Institution: Queen's University
Trial Investigator: Alexandra Jackson
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Trial Funding: Queen's University and Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)