What is it about?

Occupational therapists (OT) assess and prescribe assistive devices to older adults with disabilities. Timely prescription of assistive devices to accommodate the rising demand has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a lack of guidelines on facilitating tele-assessment for assistive device prescription. This paper aimed to find out the perceptions of the feasibility of conducting tele-assessment among OTs in Singapore.

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Why is it important?

The benefits of tele-assessment for assistive device prescription by OTs in Singapore are acknowledged. Recommendations from the OTs being interviewed can support future studies towards the development of a guideline for remote prescription of assistive devices for older adults in Singapore.


This is one of the few research papers on remote prescription of assistive devices in the Asia Pacific. Findings from the study can be used to inform the development of a clinical practice guideline for the prescription of assistive devices via tele-assessment.

Tianma Xu
Singapore Institute of Technology

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This page is a summary of: Occupational therapists’ perceptions of the feasibility of using tele-assessment for remote prescription of assistive devices in Singapore: A qualitative study, Work, April 2024, IOS Press,
DOI: 10.3233/wor-230168.
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