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Hypothesis Identification Article Analysis

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Baby Boomers’ use and perception of recommended assistive technology: A systematic
This study by Dianne M. Steel & Marion A. Gray claims assistive technology (AT) use
by the baby boomer generation is expected to represent a new era for aged health care. This
technology will help this generation maintain independence and is expected to increase a demand
for AT. To support this claim the authors used search strategy and selection criteria such as
Medline, CINAHL and Cochrane databases related to baby boomer generations which they were
able to find to expand their study by using the inclusion criteria of age ranges. Inclusion criteria
were: research related to AT use by a population which includes baby boomers; published in
peer-reviewed journals and full-text English language articles. Studies were based in acute
rehabilitation units in the USA and Australia. Frequency of use and patient satisfaction surveys
were the main outcome measures.
The assistive technology (AT) systematic search study the authors employed
acknowledged that relevant studies may have been inadvertently missed, which may affect their
results because it was determined that the baby boomer cohort were under-represented within
already small samples which makes these studies non-definitive about use rates for baby
boomers. If the criteria had a more narrow age study selected this review may have enhanced the
ability to hypothesizes about assistive technology (AT) issues more specifically related to the
baby boomers cohort.
This research study indicates that the baby boomers generation is characteristically
different to generations before them. With the limited information currently available on baby
boomers, occupational therapists will find it difficult to best meet their needs with AT

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prescription; an issue expected to occur more frequently as the population continues to age and
their demand for AT health care increases.
Results: A total of 11 eligible studies were reviewed. All were cross-sectional. Many
studies indicated a significant rate of AT non-use; use rates ranged from 35% to 86.5%.
Numerous factors influencing use were proposed. Study quality was upper-mid range.
Baby boomers will place more demand on AT in the future. There is a need for high-
quality research to verify current findings and highlight AT issues specific to this generation.

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