Drs. Ruben Debeuf published a new paper regarding the perspectives of health care profesionals on the development of assistive technology using the comprehensive assistive technology model.
As assistive technology further develops, it becomes apparent that the acceptance rate of end-users is of importance for the adequate implementation of this technology into daily care. Through four focus group discussions with a variety of healthcare professionals from different healthcare centers in Belgium, this study gathered information on the needs and recommendations of this important group of end-users for the development of assistive technology. The results of this study gain insights into the needs and recommendations of healthcare professionals related to the development of new assistive technology for use in healthcare and provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. Overall, a user-centered approach is recommended to ensure that user-acceptance and functional outcomes are maximized.