Conceptualization of Assistive Technology Device Intervention-Outcome Relationships

RESNA 28th Annual Conference - Atlanta, Georgia

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


The advancement of assistive technology device (ATD) outcomes research depends critically on adequate conceptualization of ATD intervention-outcome relationships. The Consortium for Assistive Technology Outcomes Research (CATOR) has made significant contributions toward specifying the outcome components of these relationships. What is much less well understood at present is the level of specification of ATD interventions needed for outcomes research. Results from the Locomotion Device Outcomes Study (LDOS), a longitudinal investigation of ATD users, are helpful in describing the strength of ATD interventions and relating it to domains of outcome.

Keywords: assistive device; intervention; Locomotion Device Outcome Study; outcome; theory


Jeffrey W. Jutai, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
The University of Western Ontario
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
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