Manual feeding device experiences of people with a neurodisability

Mandy, Anne, Sims, Tara, Stew, Graham and Onions, Dominic (2018) Manual feeding device experiences of people with a neurodisability American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72 (3). pp. 1-5. ISSN 0272-9490

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Neurological bilateral upper limb weakness can result in self-feeding difficulties and reliance on carers. Mealtimes become time consuming and frustrating. This exploratory inquiry examined the experiences, of users of a feeding device. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted either by telephone or administered via email to explore quality of life, changes to independence, benefits/limitations, and psychological impact of the equipment. Findings: Thematic analysis gave rise to five themes: Independence, emotions, impact on life, motivation and limitations. Conclusion: This exploratory inquiry has contributed new qualitative evidence to the knowledge and understanding of users' experiences of a manual feeding device. Users report that the need for assistance/support is reduced and their quality of life, independence and freedom improved. Time and resources savings for the family, carers and staff appear to result in a more equal relationship between user and carer.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: © 2016 American Occupational Therapy Association . This is an author-produced version of a paper accepted for publication in American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Feeding devices; independence; quality of life
Subjects: B000 Health Professions
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.5014/ajot.2018.025353
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 31 May 2017 03:01
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2018 15:43

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