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    Systems thinking for assistive technology: a commentary on the GREAT summit


    MacLachlan, Malcolm and Scherer, Marcia J (2018) Systems thinking for assistive technology: a commentary on the GREAT summit. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 13 (5). pp. 492-496. ISSN 1748-3107

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    Abstract

    The area of assistive technology has a long history of technological ingenuity and innovation. In order to ensure that the benefits of assistive technology are equitably distributed across the population and life course, it is necessary to adopt a systemic approach to the area. We describe examples of systems thinking and non-systems thinking across 10 Ps. These Ps are People (or users, as the primary beneficiaries of assistive technology), Policy, Products, Personnel, Provision (as key strategic drivers at systems level); and Procurement, Place, Pace, Promotion and Partnership (as key situational factors for systems). Together these Ps should constitute a framework for an “open” system that can evolve and adapt, that empowers users, inter-connects key components and locates these in the reality of differing contexts. The adoption of a stronger systems thinking perspective within the assistive technology field should allow for more equitable, more resilient and more sustainable assistive technology across high, middle- and low-income contexts and countries.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Assistive technology; systems thinking; sustainable development goal; user involvement;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 13230
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/17483107.2018.1472306
    Depositing User: Malcolm MacLachlan
    Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2020 08:49
    Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
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