Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telerehabilitation
Study purpose or goal:
To quickly assess level of technology experience before beginning telerehabilitation session in speech and language therapy
Who administers this tool?:
Are any approvals required?:
How is it administered?:
A speech therapist applies the survey in an interview before beginning a telerehabilitation session
What is the scope or what areas does it cover?:
The survey could be used with all areas of research. The questions are not specific telerehabilitation or any specific user population
Literature and database review for this project examined existing research tools for human technology interaction. Existing tools, like QUIS developed by the University of Maryland Human Computer Interaction Lab were too long
Researchers developed a measurement system to classify people by experience levels: 0 -> Novice -> Intermediate ->Advanced
Ad hoc consultations were made with researchers both within the RERC and outside
A potential weakness of the survey is that researchers didn't query subjects relative to their "comfort" with technology. This question gets to the overall point of "technophobia" and could be asked about computers in general, or about specific types of t
Data analysis for the described study had been completed at the time of the interview. The survey scoring system was used to classify the technology experience level of study participants (N=40) as either 0, novice, intermediate, or advanced.
No significant correlations were found between the technology experience level of study participants and their performance on speech and language interventions delivered during a telerehabilitation session
Peer review status:
Survey data is included in a publication related to the described study: Brennan, D., Georgeadis, A., Baron, C., Barker, L. (2004). The effect of videoconference-based telerehab on story retelling performance by brain injured subjects and its implications for remote speech-language therapy. Telemedicine Journal and e-Health [in press].
Who uses the collected data?:
Any researchers doing similar technology administration with people in rehabilitation settings that need quick measure of basic technology experience demographics.