The assistive technology field needs device-specific outcome instruments to measure the usability, effectiveness, and impact of particular classes of assistive devices. The Assistive Technology Outcome Measure (ATOM) is a new tool that seeks to measure the impact of wheeled mobility systems. This study establishes the internal consistency, test-retest reliability and convergent validity of ATOM, version 1.0. Convenience sampling technique was used to recruit 54 adults using wheelchairs. The results indicate that ATOM has strong internal consistency, good test-retest reliability and fair convergent validity. Future research should aim to establish a standardized version of ATOM that can be used clinically with a variety of population in a variety of clinical settings.
wheelchair, wheeled mobility device, outcome measurement, assistive technology
The research in this article was supported in part by:
Office of the Dean, School of Public Health & Health Professions, University at Buffalo
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