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Ambient Assisted Living technologie bij mensen met een licht verstandelijke beperking

Brinkhuis, T. (2015) Ambient Assisted Living technologie bij mensen met een licht verstandelijke beperking.

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Abstract:The purpose of this study is to investigate the determinants of behavioral intention to use the Ambient Assisted Living technology 'Coachend zorgen' by persons with an intellectual disability and their health care professionals. Determinants for decent implementation are unknown, therefore results of this explanatory research will clarify important determinants. The aim of this qualitative study is to identify determinants that belong in the consumer use context. Within this study three different groups were identified from the research population. First, the group of users. Secondly, the group that wanted to use the technology and were placed on the waitlist. Finally, the group of persons that stopped using this technology. Interview structures were set up on the basis of the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology. Data was required through semi structured interviews with 8 persons with an intellectual disability and 12 health care professionals. By bottom-up analyses data was coded to determine important determinants and related concepts. The results reveal that the belief or known provided benefits for the clients autonomy was an important determinant for technology use. The motivation of health care professionals depended on the image of benefits for using the AAL technology. The usability of the technology had a direct influence to implement the system on location. The degree of usability was determined by the knowledge of the system and the necessary skills to make the system work. Users with an intellectual disability stopped using the technology when it was insufficient to the user-centered context, because a lack of personals options for the users interests and needs. Users with an intellectual disability expressed that they wanted to make choices on their own by using this technology as a consequence that users would be more independent of their health care professionals. When succeed, users assigned joy and pride to their accomplishments of independently undertaking daily activities. Health care professionals implement this AAL system 'Coachend zorgen' within the work locations when they had a positive impression of the technology it's efficiency. Participants with an intellectual disability wanted more autonomy, because of the perception that they were more independently by using this technology. Personal factors were found to be important for technology use. Consequently a research model is introduced were Psychosocial aspects, Self-efficacy and Attitude are included. Results should be replicated in a broader context to clarify whether AAL technology contribute to the autonomy of persons with intellectual disability. Further research should investigate the influence of AAL technology on enlarging the autonomy and its effect on the quality of life of persons with intellectual disability.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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