Assistive Technology Devices for Locomotion: Former Users’ Reasons for Discontinuance as a Function of Rehabilitation Diagnosis and Device Type

RESNA 28th Annual Conference - Atlanta, Georgia

Marcus J. Fuhrer, PhD, Jeffrey W. Jutai, PhD, Marcia Scherer, PhD, Louise Demers, PhD, & Frank DeRuyter, PhD


Two hundred sixteen individuals who had been hospitalized with a rehabilitation diagnosis of stroke, hip fracture, or complex medical condition received assistive technology devices (ATDs) to facilitate locomotion. One hundred seventy seven of them were interviewed approximately 6-months post-discharge as part of the Locomotion Device Outcomes Study. Ninety-seven (55% of the sample) were no longer using the device they had been provided. The preponderant reason for discontinuance (for 92 of the 97 individuals) was no longer needing to use it. The reasons endorsed for discontinuance did not differ significantly according to former users’ diagnosis or type of ATD.

Keywords: assistive technology device, outcomes, locomotion, Locomotion Device Outcomes Study, device utilization

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