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Assistive technology in resource-limited environments: a scoping review
Lunds universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4432-5256
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2017 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, ISSN 1748-3107, E-ISSN 1748-3115, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 105-114Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose: It is estimated that only 5-15% of people in low and middle income countries (LMICs) who need assistive technologies (AT) have access to them. This scoping review was conducted to provide a comprehensive picture of the current evidence base on AT within LMICs and other resource limited environments. Method: The scoping review involved locating evidence, extracting data, and summarizing characteristics of all included research publications. Results: Of the 252 publications included, over 80% focused on types of AT that address mobility (45.2%) and vision (35.5%) needs, with AT types of spectacles and prosthetics comprising over 50% of all publications. Evidence on AT that addresses hearing, communication, and cognition is the most underrepresented within the existing evidence base. The vast majority of study designs are observational (63%). Conclusions: Evidence on AT in resource-limited environments is limited in quantity and quality, and not evenly distributed across types of AT. To advance this field, we recommend using appropriate evidence review approaches that allow for heterogeneous study designs, and developing a common language by creating a typology of AT research focus areas. Funders and researchers must commit much greater resources to the AT field to ameliorate the paucity of evidence available.

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2017. Vol. 12, no 2, p. 105-114
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-30350DOI: 10.1080/17483107.2016.1188170OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-30350DiVA, id: diva2:1328230
Available from: 2019-06-20 Created: 2019-06-20 Last updated: 2019-06-24Bibliographically approved

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