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The Psychology of Adopting Medical Device Innovations in Mental Healthcare: The Case of Neurofeedback in the United States and the Netherlands
by Trullinger, Mark, Ph.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2019, 152; 13901561
Abstract (Summary)

Barriers to the acceptance of a medical device innovation, electroencephalogram neurofeedback (EEG–NFB) for the treatment of ADHD in children, were investigated with a mixed-method embedded design utilizing the theoretical frameworks of Latour and Rogers. Within Latour’s framework EEG–NFB is a technological innovation that is part of a larger paradigm shift occuring in medical healthcare treatment. Healthcare professionals act as gatekeepers to medical innovation within Roger’s framework. Eighteen U.S. and Dutch healthcare professionals, who commonly diagnose and treat children with ADHD, participated in the study. No significant differences were present between the U.S. and Dutch healthcare professionals. The main barrier identified was awareness about EEG–NFB as a treatment for ADHD in children. Technical knowledge about how to conduct, refer patients for, and evaluate progress in EEG–NFB was another major barrier. One of the recommendations to increase adoption is to initiate marketing campaigns focused on increasing awareness among healthcare professionals. Another recommendation is affordable or free continuing education courses for healthcare professionals targeted toward how to speak to a patient about the proposed mechanism of action for EEG–NFB, find a provider to refer to, and evaluate a patient’s progress during a course of EEG–NFB treatments.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dass-Brailsford, Priscilla
Commitee: Dielissen, Gerrit, Pigott, Henry E.
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: International Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Neurosciences, Clinical psychology
Keywords: ADHD, Biofeedback, Innovation, International, Medical devices, Neurofeedback
Publication Number: 13901561
ISBN: 9781085705929
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