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Development of National Guidelines for the Ground Rules to Lending Assistive Technology Devices in Finland.

Authors
  • Kanto-Ronkanen, Anne1
  • Hupli, Markku2
  • Nyfors, Hanna3
  • 1 Kuopio University Hospital, Rehabilitation Services, Finland. , (Finland)
  • 2 South Karelia Social and Health Care District, Finland. , (Finland)
  • 3 Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in Finland. , (Finland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Studies in health technology and informatics
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2017
Volume
242
Pages
98–101
Identifiers
PMID: 28873784
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

Central Hospital Districts (CHD) in Finland provide most of the Assistive Technology Device Services (ATDS). ATDSs have been developing their work and unifying their practices regionally. Each of these 20 CHDs have their own guidelines for the ground rules for lending assistive technology devices. These ground rules include principles of ATD Services and lending rules for different device groups classified by ISO 9999 standard. There has been a growing pressure to unify the practices of ATDS nationally, because of a growing need for devices and economy. A project to unify National Guidelines was set up in spring 2016. There were four different review rounds among CHD ATD services and patient organizations. The Ground Rules will be published in 2017.

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