Evidence of the psychometric quality of the Matching Person & Technology assessments can be found in the following resources:
Buros Institute of Mental Measurements
Fourteenth Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print
Evidence of the psychometric quality of the Matching Person & Technology assessments as measures of "quality of life" can be found in the following resource:
ProQolid:Quality of Life Instruments database
This paper describes how the 'Framework for modelling the selection of ATDs' can contribute to clinical practice and outcomes research by highlighting factors important to consider prior to ATD selection.
Scherer, M., Jutai, J., Fuhrer, M., Demers, L. & DeRuyter, F.(2007).A framework for modelling the selection of assistive technology devices (ATDs). Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technologyy, 2(1), 1-8.
Over 150 vocational rehabilitation counselors in 25 U.S. states with one consumer each receiving new AT completed the Assistive Technology Device Predisposition Assessment (ATD PA). ATD PA items predicted consumer predispositions to AT use as well as the quality of the AT and user match at 3-4 months follow-up.
Scherer, M.J., Sax, C., Vanbeirvliet, A. , Cushman, L.A. & Scherer, J.V.(2005).Predictors of assistive technology use:The importance of personal and psychosocial factors. Disability & Rehabilitation, 27(21), 1321-1331.
This article links the MPT process and ATD PA to the World Health Organization's Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).
Scherer, M.J. & Glueckauf, R. (2005). Assessing the benefits of assistive technologies for activities and participation. Rehabilitation Psychology, 50(2), 132-141.
Suggestions are provided to guide future development of assistive technology outcome measures in the domains of usability, quality of life, and social role performance.
Lenker, J.A., Scherer, M.J., Fuhrer, M.J., Jutai, J.W. & DeRuyter, F. (2005). Psychometric and administrative properties of measures used in assistive technology device outcomes research. Assistive Technology, 17.1, 7-22.
The Initial Worksheet for the MPT, SOTU, and ATD PA were used in research conducted in Italy to validate the utility of BLISS2003, a support for AAC use.
Gatti, N., Matteucci, M., & Sbattella, L. (2004). An Adaptive and Predictive Environment to Support Augmentative and Alternative Communication. In J. Klaus, K. Miesenberger, D. Burger & W. Zagler (Eds.), Computers Helping People with Special Needs, 9th International Conference, ICCHP 2004, Paris, France, July 7-9, 2004, Proceedings, pp. 983-990. Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 3118. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag.
This Ph.D. qualitative research project investigated the experience of Environmental Strategies (ES), assistive technology and home modification use among people growing older with multiple sclerosis. Using a conceptual framework developed from the Matching Person and Technology Model, the results show that personal factors were most important to optimal users, while milieu and ES factors often contributed to partial and avoidant users ES careers.
Bruner-Canhoto, L.A. (2004). Environmental Strategies among People Growing Older with Multiple Sclerosis: Experiences, Implications and Lessons. Doctoral dissertation, , University of Massachusetts Boston.
Items from the ATD PA, ET PA, and SOTU were used in the development of the Irish Matching Person & Technology Assessment which was used in studying secondary students with disabilities transitioning to postsecondary education, employment, or vocational training.
Craddock, G.M. (2003). The Impact of Assistive Technology on the Quality of Life and Participation, Self-esteem and Autonomy of Students with Disabilities Transitioning from Second Level to to Post Second Level Education. Doctoral dissertation, University College Dublin, Ireland
In her Ph.D. dissertation research, Wielandt (2003) conducted a series of studies to identify factors influencing post-discharge utilization of AT for bathing, toileting and dressing. Wielandt identified factors predictive of non-utilization and then developed best practices guidelines based on her results which include a comprehensive evaluation and she recommends , in particular the MPT assessment tools.
Wielandt, P.M. (2003). The Identification of Factors Which Influence the Post-Discharge Use of Prescribed Adaptive Equipment. Doctoral dissertation, The University of Queensland, Australia.
The SOTU was used by researchers at the University of Rome in Italy while performing, on behalf of the World Health Organization, a standardization of World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule. Data from the World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule (WHODAS II), Endler and Parker's Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations (CISS), and the SOTU were compared between two matched samples of University students in Italy and in the U.S.
Federici, S., Scherer, M., Micangeli, A., Lombardo, C., & Olivetti Belardinelli, M. (2003). A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Relationships between Disability Self-Evaluation and Individual Predisposition to Use Assistive Technology. In G. M. Craddock, L. P. McCormack, R. B. Reilly, & H. T. P. Knops (Eds.), Assistive Technology - Shaping the Future (pp. 941-946). Amsterdam: IOS Press.
To assess the effectiveness of a college course on adapted computer use, 14 college students with disabilities (more than half having complete or partial) eyesight loss identified factors that influenced them to adopt or reject a device for computer access. The results provide evidence of the usefulness of the MPT model and ATD PA items as applied to computer access technology for college students.
Goodman, G., Tiene, D., & Luft, P (2002). Adoption of assistive technology for computer access among college students with disabilities. Disability and Rehabilitation,24, 80-92.
Twenty study participants with new spinal cord injuries completed the Assistive Technology Device Predisposition Assessment (ATD PA) quality of life (QOL) scale, Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS), and Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI) while in acute rehabilitation. Significant positive correlations between the ATD PA's QOL scale and SWLS (and significant negative correlations with the BSI depression subscale) suggest the QOL scale has concurrent and construct validity.The ATD PA's QOL scale appears to be a valid measure and, thus, it can be useful both in identifying subjective quality of life and predispositions to AT use early in rehabilitation. [Sponsorship: This work was supported by grant 266 from the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers].
Scherer, M.J. & Cushman, L.A. (2001). Measuring Subjective Quality of Life Following Spinal Cord Injury: A Validation Study of the Assistive Technology Device Predisposition Assessment. Disability and Rehabilitation, 23(9), 387-393.
Applied the MPT evaluation process for access to library materials with a special focus on innovative user-centered evaluations being conducted in the Republic of Ireland. The article appeared in a regular column sponsored by EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) in affiliation with the American Association of Higher Education (AAHE).
Scherer, M. & Craddock, G. (2001, Jan/Feb). Applying the Matching Person & Technology Evaluation Process. Library Hi Tech News, 18(1), 40-42.
Assessed the validity of the Assistive Technology Device Predisposition Assessment - Consumer Form for persons with a new spinal cord injury. Significant positive correlations between items of the ATD PA and Satisfaction with Life Scale (and their significant negative correlations with scores on the Brief Symptom Inventory-Depression) suggest the selected ATD PA items measure quality of life (concurrent validity). Only ATD PA scores predicted satisfied use 1-mo. post-discharge.
Scherer, M.J. & Cushman, L.A. (2000). Predicting Satisfaction with Assistive Technology for a Sample of Adults with New Spinal Cord Injuries. Psychological Reports, 87, 981-987.
A validation study conducted in Montreal, Quebec, Canada showed that items from the Assistive Technology Device Predisposition Assessment (ATD PA) "focus well on the pertinent factors" related to individuals' decisions to use or not use an assistive technology:
Vincent C, Morin G. L Utilisation ou non des aides techniques: Comparaison d un modeleamericain aux besoins de la realite quebecoise. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy 1999; 66(2): 92-101.
Peer mentors for a New York State Tech Act project used the MPT assessments to help consumers identify the best technologies for their use:
Heerkens, W.D., Briggs, J. & Weider, T.G. (1997). Using peer mentors to facilitate the match of person & technology. In S. Sprigle (Ed.), Proceedings of the 1997 RESNA Annual Conference (pp. 484-486). Arlington,VA: RESNA Press.
The ATD PA was used in studies of persons at the time of discharge from an acute rehabilitation setting and at follow-up. Consumer and therapist views of AT usability and appeal often differed. 33% of ATs were not used at follow-up.
Cushman, L.A. & Scherer, M.J. (1996). Measuring the relationship of assistive technology use, functional status over time, and consumer-therapist perceptions of ATs. Assistive Technology, 8.2, 103-109. Scherer, M.J. & Cushman, L.A. (1995). Differing Therapist-Patient Viewsof Assistive Technology Use and Implications for Patient Education and Training (Abstract). Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 76(6), 595.
Cushman, L.A. & Scherer, M.J. (1994). Measuring the relationship of equipment use and functional status at follow-up. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Abstract), 75(6), 724.
To study adolescents who used functional electrical stimulation (FES) to stand, Brown administered the ATD PA, CHART, PIP, and OSIQ-R. Results highlight the need to consider psychosocial aspects of matching person and technology. Brown, D.L. (1996). Personal implications of functional electrical stimulation standing for older adolescents with spinal cord injuries. Technology & Disability, 5(4), 295-311. Brown, D.L. & Merbitz, C. (1995). Comparison of technology match between two types of functional electrical stimulation hand grasp systems. Proceedings of the RESNA'95 Annual Conference, pp. 381-383.. Arlington, VA: RESNA Press.
The Matching Person & Technology Model served as the theoretical framework for the development of the QUEST assessment. Demers, L., Weiss-Lambrou, R. & Ska, B. (1996). Development of the Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with assistive Technology (QUEST).Assistive Technology, 8.1, 3-13.
Education researchers discuss the utility of the ET PA when pre-selecting person characteristics relevant to the use of educational technologies. Albaugh, P.R., Piazza, L. & Scholsser, K. (1997). Using a CD-ROM encyclopedia: Interaction of teachers, middle school students, library media specialists, and the technology. Research in Middle Level Education Quarterly, 20(3),43-55. Albaugh, P.R. & Fayne, H. (1996). The ET PA for predicting technology success with learning disabled students: Lessons from a multimedia study. Technology & Disability, 5(4), 313-318.
The ET PA and SOTU better profiled successful distance learning students than either the Learning Styles Inventory or the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale. Keefe, B., Scherer, M.J., McKee, B.G. (1996). Maine POINT: Outcomes of teaching American Sign Language via distance learning. Technology and Disability, 5(4), 319-326.
Some comments and reviews... The study of the relationship between person and AT is recent and scarce. Few theoretical models (besides Scherer's) have guided inquiry... Scherer's MPT model can help assess readiness for AT use and pinpoint where intervention may be most effective.
--- Olkin, p. 292, What Psychotherapists Should Know About Disability, 1999
While many service providers have responded to the consumer movement with conceptual agreement and the desire to be more user inclusive, the MPT is a specific instrument for acquiring direct assistive technology user input into the service process. --- Smith, p. 78, Assistive Technology,Vol. 8, No. 2
The MPT portfolio offers a range of technology assessment tools from a quick screen to a more detailed general AT evaluation to several more specialized evaluations... this reviewer has incorporated MPT results into AT justification reports, program evaluations and research studies. --- Hammel, p. 5, Vol. II: RESNA Resource Guide for
Assistive Technology Outcomes
A very recent trend is toward using a functional assessment instrument... as a measure of quality of life... However, these instruments lack information on how [consumers] themselves judge their functional or health status, as is done in the Scherer MPT Model... --- Crewe & Dijkers, p. 137, Psychological Assessment in
One tool we have found to be valuable is the Scherer MPT Model [which] allows the service delivery personnel to develop strategies and methods that will effect successful outcomes. ---Dickey, p. 23, TeamRehab Report, July, 1996
Matching person and technology is a behavioral model...the success and value of technology lies in its use. --- Kumar, p. 158, Disability and Rehabilitation, Vol.20, No.4
The importance... for persons with disabilities lies in the originality and effectiveness of the [MPT] approach, which has attracted considerable interest in other countries as well. ---EUSTAT Consortium, p. 8, Programs in Assistive Technology
Education for End Users in Europe
The focus of the project was on developing a client focused evaluation service. The Matching Person and Technology evaluation piloted as part of the project provided the mechanism for achieving this and the overwhelming positive reaction from participating students is illustrative of the effectiveness of this approach. --- Evaluation Report, STATEMENT Pilot Programme, an EU Horizon
Programme project awarded to the Central Remedial Clinic, Ireland, March 2000.
A central objective was to develop a model of service delivery of assistive technology. In relation to the needs of the target group, the model of service delivery being developed is based on the Matching Person and Technology (MPT) . Crucially, it is user-driven and person-centered. --- Final Evaluation Report, APHRODITE Project, an EU Horizon
Programme project awarded to the Central Remedial Clinic, Ireland, March 2000
QUEST Validation Studies
Evidence of the psychometric quality of the QUEST assessment as can be found in the following resource, where a bibliography is also provided: QOLID: Quality of Life Instruments database
Published papers on QUEST Wessels RD, De Witte LP. Reliability and validity of the Dutch version of QUEST 2.0 with users of various types of assistive devices. Disabil Rehabil. 2003 Mar 18;25(6):267-72.
Demers, L., Weiss-Lambrou, R., & Ska, B. (1996). Development of the Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with Assistive Technology (QUEST). Assistive Technology, 8, 3-13.
Demers, L., Wessels, R., Weiss-Lambrou, R., Ska, B., & de Witte, L. (1999). An international content validation of the Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with assistive Technology (QUEST). Occupational Therapy International, 6(3), 159-175.
Demers, L., Ska, B., Giroux, F., & Weiss-Lambrou, R. (1999). Stability and reproducibility of the Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with assistive Technology (QUEST). Journal of Rehabilitation Outcomes Measurement, 3(4), 42-52.
Demers, L., Weiss-Lambrou, R., & Ska, B. (2000). Item analysis of the Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with assistive Technology (QUEST). Assistive Technology, 12(2), 96-105.
Demers, L., Wessels, R., Weiss-Lambrou, R., Ska, B., & de Witte, L. (2001). Key dimensions of client satisfaction with assistive technology: A cross-validation of a Canadian measure in the Netherlands. Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medecine, 33, 1-5.
Demers, L., Monette, M., Lapierre, Y., Arnold, D., & Wolfson, C. (2002). Reliability, validity, and applicability of the Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with assistive Technology (QUEST 2.0) for adults with multiple sclerosis. Disability and Rehabilitation, 24(1-3), 21-30.
Demers, L., Weiss-Lambrou, R. & Ska, B. (sous presse). The Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with assistive Technology (QUEST2.0): An overview and recent progress. Technology and Disability, Special issue.
Conference proceedings Demers, L. (1996), The impact of user (dis)satisfaction with assistive technology. Montreal 96 International Conference on Quality of Life/Assistive Technologies Synopsis (pp. 34-36). Montreal, Institut de readaptation de Montreal.
Demers, L., Weiss-Lambrou, R., & Ska, R. (1997). Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with assistive Technology (QUEST): A new outcome measure. In S. Sprigle (Ed.), Proceedings of the RESNA 97 Annual Conference Let's Tango - Partnering People and Technology (pp. 94-96). Arlington (VA): RESNA Press.
Weiss-Lambrou, R., Demers, L., Tremblay, C., Ska, B., Lacoste, & Dansereau, J. (1997). In QUEST of user satisfaction with assistive technology devices. In G. Anogianakis et al. (Eds.), Advancement of Assistive Technology (pp. 428-431). IOS Press.
Wessels, R.D., De Witte, L.P., Weiss-Lambrou, R., Demers, L., & Wijlhuizen, G. (1998). A Dutch version of QUEST (D-QUEST) applied as a routine follow-up within the service delivery process. In E. Placencia, E. Ballabio (Eds.), Improving the Quality of Life for the European Citizen (pp. 420-424). Washington, DC: IOS Press.
Demers, L. (sous presse). The QUEST approach to assessing satisfaction with assistive technology devices. Proceedings of the International Conference on Outcome Assessment in Assistive Technology, Oslo.
Demers, L., Weiss-Lambrou, R., & Ska, B. (2000). Is an item good or bad? Selecting the best subset of items from the original version of the QUEST? In S. Sprigle (Ed.), Proceedings of the RESNA 2000 Annual Conference - Technology for the New Millennium (pp. 319-321). Arlington (VA): RESNA Press.
Demers L., Weiss-Lambrou, R., Ska, B., & Wolfson, C. (2000). valuation de la satisfaction envers une Aide Technique (SAT): Un nouvel outil en ergotherapie. Actes du VIieme Congres europen d'ergothrapie - Mmoire et devenir (pp. 23). Paris.