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|Title:||Mobile three-dimensional visualisation technologies for clinician-led fall prevention assessments|
|Keywords:||3D visualisation technology;assistive equipment;falls prevention;healthcare;occupational therapy|
|Citation:||Health Informatics Journal, 2017, pp. 146045821772317 - 146045821772317|
|Abstract:||Falls are a major health concern and pose a significant health challenge to an ageing population. The assistive equipment provision process (AEPP) is carried out with patients to identify and mitigate intrinsic and extrinsic fall risk factors within the home environment. However, existing technology-based falls research has concentrated on intrinsic risk factors and neglected to develop applications that focus on extrinsic factors such as the accurate measurement and assessment of the home environment and prescription of appropriate assistive equipment/home adaptations. Currently, over 50% of installed assistive equipment is abandoned by the patient. This paper presents a 3D measurement aid prototype (3D-MAP) application, which provides enhanced AEPP measurement and assessment guidance to clinicians via the use of 3D visualisation technologies. The aim of this study is to explore the perceptions of clinicians with regards to challenges and opportunities of utilising 3D-MAP to support the AEPP in practice. Ten occupational therapists participated in interactive sessions with 3D-MAP, utilising the think-aloud method and semi-structured interviews. Usability of the application was measured with the System Usability Scale (SUS). Results showed participants scored 3D-MAP as ‘excellent’ and agreed strongly with items relating to the usability and learnability of the application. The qualitative analysis identified opportunities for improving existing practice, including, improved interpretation/recording measurements; enhanced collaborative practice within the AEPP. Future research is needed to determine the clinical utility of this application compared with 2D counterpart paper-based guidance leaflets.|
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