Trust and Evidence in an Online Community of Speech and Language Therapists: The Case of iPad Use

Selina Sutton, John Vines, Roisin McNaney, Mary Webster, Patrick Olivier

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Abstract

Mobile touch-screen devices are increasingly being used as part of the daily practices of health practitioners [1,12]. This is particularly so for Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs). There is a wide variety of apps available for use as therapy tools, although there is a scarcity of research examining their efficacy. As a result there has been a growth of online content, namely blogs, where SLTs share their knowledge and experience of using apps as therapy tools, compiling their own resources. We analysed the content of these blogs using a grounded theory approach to gain insights into SLTs' appropriation of both apps and blogs. Our findings indicate tensions surrounding the use of these technologies—tensions that are pervasive across other health care professions and contexts—and develop recommendations to ameliorate these tensions in the design of future apps.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 Digital Economy Conference
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
EventDE2013: Open Digital - The Fourth Annual Digital Economy All Hands Meeting - Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Nov 20136 Nov 2013
https://epsrc.ukri.org/newsevents/events/deallhandsmeeting/

Conference

ConferenceDE2013: Open Digital - The Fourth Annual Digital Economy All Hands Meeting
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period4/11/136/11/13
Internet address

Keywords

  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Online Knowledge Building Communities
  • Grounded Theory
  • Apps

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