Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Improve communication 25 8
Stiffness/Spasticity 11 3
Weakness in arms 9 5
General health 5 1
Atrophy of hand muscles 4 1
Weakness in hands 4 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 2
Mild 4
None 13

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Assistive Technology

Side effect Patients
Burning sensation in eyes 1
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 1
Fatigue 1
Happiness 1
Muscle aches 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Assistive Technology

Dosage Patients
daily 15
1 other daily 1
6 hr daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Assistive Technology

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 6
Did not seem to work 1
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Duration

Currently using Assistive Technology

Duration Patients
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 18

Stopped using Assistive Technology

Duration Patients
0-1 month 1
6 months-1 year 1
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 12
Usually 5
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 11
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 2
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 4
Not specified 11
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10 patient evaluations for Assistive Technology

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SmoothS
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SmoothS
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: none
Legs: severe
I have:
ALS

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May 28, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Loss of voice)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I am surprised more people don't use Dasher. It is FREE. People seem to get it and love it or they don't get it and give up. For those that get it, it is fast and very easy on the eyes because there is no clicking required. I can't image life without it.

  • 0 helpful marks
mzooms
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mzooms
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: severe
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See mzooms's full Assistive Technology history

Aug 15, 2015 (Started Jul 25, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: It is a life saver for me on the computer! I don't have to use the onscreen keyboard to write and as long as I can use it my thoughts are able to be expressed! It's a free d/l and it's easy to use - try it! http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/dasher/

  • 0 helpful marks
Rachael
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Rachael
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: vb
I have:
ALS

See Rachael's full Assistive Technology history

Jul 29, 2012 (Started Aug 20, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Stiffness/Spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve communication)
  • side effects
    Mild (Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: very slow but so multifunctional. A must have!

  • 0 helpful marks
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