International Journal of Audiology
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© 2020 The Authors. Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group on behalf of British Society of Audiology, International Society of Audiology, and Nordic Audiological Society. Objective: To develop a conceptual framework around the factors that influence audiologists in the clinical uptake of remote follow-up hearing aid support services. Design: A purposive sample of 42 audiologists, stratified according to client-focus of either paediatric or adult, were recruited from professional associations in Ontario, Canada, as members of the six-step, participatory-based concept mapping process. Analyses included multidimensional scaling and hierarchical cluster analysis. Results: Six main themes emerged from this research according to overall level of importance: (1) technology and infrastructure; (2) audiologist-centred considerations; (3) hearing healthcare regulations; (4) client-centred considerations; (5) clinical implementation considerations; and (6) financial considerations. Subthemes were identified at the group-level and by subgroup. These highlight the importance of TECH factors (accessible Technology, Easy to use, robust Connection, and Help available), as well as the multi-faceted nature of the perceived attitudes/aptitudes across stakeholders. Conclusion: Findings can be utilised in tailored planning and development efforts to support future research, knowledge dissemination, best-practice protocol/guideline development, and related training to assist in the clinical uptake of remote follow-up hearing aid support services, across variable practice contexts.
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Danielle Glista, Robin O’Hagan, Sheila Moodie & Susan Scollie (2020) An examination of clinical uptake factors for remote hearing aid support: a concept mapping study with audiologists, International Journal of Audiology, DOI: 10.1080/14992027.2020.1795281