The Chief Scientist's Office has funded a three year research project to test the efficacy of Guide. The project will determine whether a Guide system can facilitate performance and learning of laundry and dressing tasks in people with acquired brain injury.
The project will be completed by December 2014.
The project has three distinct phases:
Phase 1: Development phase.
A counter-top version of Guide will be developed which requires no user set-up, thus being suitable for installation in a home setting. It will produce minimum speech recognition errors and deliver clear audio prompts.
Protocols for dressing and laundry will be developed. Based on interviews with staff, service users and on direct observation of the tasks we will write detailed protocols which are effective in scaffolding performance of dressing and laundry tasks, reducing or eliminating the need for caregiver intervention.
A scoring system will be developed for objectively measuring the amount of carer intervention required during dressing and laundry tasks
Phase 2: Testing phase
A piloting phase will test and refine the new equipment and protocols.
Phase 3: Randomised controlled trial to test the efficacy of Guide
The main aim of the research is to test the efficacy of Guide to facilitate independent performance and learning of laundry and dressing tasks. A randomised control design (n=40) will compare Guide and control conditions in terms of:
support worker interventions,