Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Information seeking behaviors in a population of assistive mobility device users
by White, Mel, Ph.D., University of North Texas, 2015, 160; 10034434
Abstract (Summary)

The author explores the current state of information exchange and access in the procurement process for mobility assistive equipment. While the idealized model is of a linear process starting with a need and ending with the purchase, in practice the procedures for acquiring a device such as a wheelchair or electric scooter can be a timeconsuming task that involves client, family, medical care specialists, vendors, manufacturers, insurance companies and possibly alternate sources of funding. This study utilized Participatory Action Research (PAR) to collect both qualitative and quantitative data about information sources such as the Internet, the medical community, and vendors. The findings of this study suggest that in spite of the presence of the Internet, overall primary sources are similar to the traditional model and that for most there is no one source that could be easily accessed for information. A brief examination is made of the “Information landscape” utilized in the process and a brief discussion of two relatively unmentioned information sources: expos and the wheelchair sports community.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O'Connor, Brian
Commitee:
School: University of North Texas
Department: Information Science
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: DAI-B 77/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Physiological psychology
Keywords: Disabilities, Information pool, Information territory, Small worlds, Wheelchairs
Publication Number: 10034434
ISBN: 9781339537252
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