Mobile computing technology and aphasia: an integrated review of accessibility and potential uses

Brandenburg, Caitlin, Worrall, Linda, Rodriguez, Amy D. and Copland, David (2013) Mobile computing technology and aphasia: an integrated review of accessibility and potential uses. Aphasiology, 27 4: 444-461. doi:10.1080/02687038.2013.772293

Author Brandenburg, Caitlin
Worrall, Linda
Rodriguez, Amy D.
Copland, David
Title Mobile computing technology and aphasia: an integrated review of accessibility and potential uses
Journal name Aphasiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0268-7038
Publication date 2013-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02687038.2013.772293
Volume 27
Issue 4
Start page 444
End page 461
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Recently, the use of mobile computer technology in health management has received attention in research and clinical domains. The role of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablet PCs in the management of aphasia has not yet been thoroughly reviewed in the literature, and research on mobile technology and aphasia is scarce.

Aims: The aim of this paper is to review accessibility issues and the potential uses of mobile computing for people with aphasia, with a view to stimulating and guiding further research.

Main Contribution: The literature reviewed is synthesised into key design features which may enhance the accessibility of technology for people with aphasia. The importance of access to technology for non-rehabilitative purposes and the potential role of smart phones as a cost-effective, time-efficient and context-sensitive health management tool are outlined. Potential functions of speech pathology applications (apps) are also proposed, with the aim of improving the organisation and direction of research in this area.

Improving access to mobile computing technology by people with aphasia has the potential for enhancing both social participation and management of aphasia. It is clear from this review that more research is needed into how accessibility may be improved, as well as on the development of mobile applications that aid management of aphasia.
Keyword Mobile technology
Smart phone
Tablet computer
Digital participation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: UQ Centre for Clinical Research Publications
Official 2014 Collection
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