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Cognitive assistive technology and professional support in everyday life for adults with ADHD
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Research in Disability and Habilitation. (Disability and Habilitation)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences. (Disability and Habilitation)
2013 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, ISSN 1748-3107, E-ISSN 1748-3115, Vol. 8, no 5, 402-408 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]


An evaluation of a model of intervention in everyday settings, consisting of cognitive assistive technology (CAT) and support provided by occupational therapists to adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The purpose was to study how professional support and CAT facilitate everyday life and promote community participation of adults with ADHD.


The intervention was implemented in five steps and evaluated in a 15-month study (March 2006 = T1 to June 2007 = T2). One questionnaire and one protocol describe the CATs and provided support. Two questionnaires were employed at T1 and T2 for evaluation of the intervention in everyday settings.


The participants tried 74 CATs, with weekly schedules, watches and weighted blankets being most highly valued. Carrying out a daily routine was the most frequent support. More participants were working at T2 than at T1. Frequency of performing and satisfaction with daily occupations as well as life satisfaction were stable over the one-year period.


The results indicate a higher frequency of participating in work but only a tendency of increased subjectively experienced life satisfaction. However, to be of optimal usability, CAT requires individually tailored, systematic and structured support by specially trained professionals.

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Informa Healthcare, 2013. Vol. 8, no 5, 402-408 p.
Keyword [en]
Disability, evaluation, ICF, intervention, life satisfaction
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Medical and Health Sciences Occupational Therapy
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-198811DOI: 10.3109/17483107.2013.769120OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-198811DiVA: diva2:618030
Available from: 2013-04-25 Created: 2013-04-25 Last updated: 2016-08-22

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