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.
|Commitee:||Dielissen, Gerrit, Pigott, Henry E.|
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional 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|
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