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International mobility technology research: A Delphi study to identify challenges and compensatory strategies

Jefferds, AN and Pearlman, JL and Wee, J and Cooper, RA (2011) International mobility technology research: A Delphi study to identify challenges and compensatory strategies. Assistive Technology, 23 (4). 232 - 242. ISSN 1040-0435

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We sought to identify logistical and ethical challenges to performing wheelchair-related research in low- and middle-income countries and to generate a list of compensatory strategies to address these challenges. Thirteen individuals with experience in the field participated in an online Delphi study. The surveys asked participants to identify research challenges, suggest strategies to address the selected challenges, and critique each other's strategies. Participants identified challenges in the use of research techniques, compensation for participation that does not result coercion, oral and written translation materials, funding for research, collaboration with local professionals, and respect for persons. Effective international mobility research requires time, cultural sensitivity, collaboration, and careful planning. An understanding of these requirements can allow researchers to anticipate and compensate for common pitfalls of their work, thus making the research more productive and beneficial to subjects. Future research is required to verify the general effectiveness of compensatory strategies. © 2011 Copyright 2011 RESNA.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Jefferds, AN
Pearlman, JLjpearlman@pitt.eduJLP460000-0003-0830-9136
Wee, J
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 December 2011
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Assistive Technology
Volume: 23
Number: 4
Page Range: 232 - 242
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/10400435.2011.614677
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1040-0435
MeSH Headings: Communication Barriers; Cross-Cultural Comparison; Cultural Competency; Delphi Technique; Developing Countries; Disabled Persons--rehabilitation; Evidence-Based Practice; Humans; Informed Consent--ethics; Internationality; North America; Patient Selection--ethics; Research--economics; Research--organization & administration; Research Support as Topic; Translating; Wheelchairs
PubMed ID: 22256672
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2012 16:06
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 14:56


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