The quantitative study deals with the experiences of the responsible caregivers of ICP patients in everyday life with an AKTIVLINE. The AKTIVLINE from interco GmbH is a dynamic seating system specially developed for children and adolescents with ICP. The aim of the study is to analyze experiences with the use of AKTIVLINE and to make possible suggestions for improvement.
The chosen design of this study is quantitative with partial qualitative aspects. To answer the core research question, 298 responsible supervisors of an AKTIVLINE user were interviewed in writing using a questionnaire, the response rate was 107. The results of the open questions were evaluated and analyzed using Mayring's qualitative content analysis method. The results of the closed questions were evaluated statistically.
Overall, the AKTIVLINE offers good everyday support and the caregivers are satisfied with the sitting position of the user and the function of the dynamic sitting. The AKTIVLINE shows positive effects on the patient and can be integrated easily into everyday life. However, it is also perceived by some as being heavy and large and prone to repair.
Some of the mentioned problem aspects of AKTIVLINE are certainly influenced by the clinical picture of ICP and therefore exhibit their effects. Handling errors or a lack of knowledge can also be reasons for defects in the AKTIVLINE or restrictions in everyday life. A further study on the effects on the patients themselves is recommended.
Dynamic sitting, ICP, AKTIVLINE, everyday routine, caregiver