Difficulties in using everyday technology after acquired brain injury: a qualitative analysis

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The aim of this study was to identify and describe the characteristics of the difficulties using everyday technology in persons with an aquired brain injury (ABI), and their experiences of how these difficulties influenced their life. Thirteen persons with an ABI were interviewed about their difficulties in using everyday technology and were observed in their use of technology. Data were analysed qualitatively with a constant comparative method. The results showed that the persons' experiences formed two categories: "A variety of combinations of difficulties in the use of everyday technology" and "Restrictions in life". The difficulties identified were related not only to everyday technology itself but also to the interaction between the technology, the task, the person, and the environment. These difficulties influenced their experiences of restrictions in occupational performance, personal identification, and participation in society. The results emphasize that occupational therapists who design interventions for people with an ABI need to accommodate both the technology and other interacting aspects in order to overcome difficulties in using everyday technology.


  • Ann-Louice Lovgreen Engstrom
  • Jan Lexell
  • Maria Larsson Lund
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Occupational Therapy


  • participation, therapy, occupational, cognition, Activities of daily living, brain injuries, rehabilitation, technology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-243
JournalScandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch