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Barriers to the use of Information and Communication Technology by occupational therapists working in a rural area of New South Wales, Australia

Chedid, R. J., Dew, A., Veitch, C.,

Academic Literature

2013

This study's purpose was to identify the impact of Information and Communication Technology on the workforce practices of occupational therapists' working in a rural area of New South Wales.

This study found widespread use of technology by rurally based occupational therapists working in the disability sector in New South Wales. However, Information and Communication Technology was primarily used for client contact, professional development and professional networking rather than therapy provision. The study identified individual, workplace and community barriers to greater uptake of Information and Communication Technology by this group. The individual barriers included: age cohort, knowledge and personal preferences. The workplace barriers included: support and training and availability of resources. The community barriers included: infrastructure and perceptions of clients' acceptance.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Australian Occupational Therapy Journal

Location : International

Domain/s: Transport and communication

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