Management of Everyday Technology Assessment (META) is an OT instrument developed by Louise Nygård, Camilla Malinowsky, and Anders Kottorp. META is an observation based assessment aiming at identification of performance skills, and skill deficits in use of everyday technology.
Development and use
META has so far been most used in research concerning older adults with mild cognitive impairment or dementia, and also adults with acquired brain injury, in comparison to those with no known cognitive impairments. Education days have also been arranged for clinical occupational therapists in Sweden.
In the future, our goal is that META could be used in clinical occupational therapy when there is reason to pay attention to clients' ability to use technology, as a base for interventions for individual clients and as a base for general adaptations of technology or when design and testing new technology.
Content and structure
The assessment starts with an interview, where the interviewer and the client reaches an agreement on technological objects and services that are relevant to the client but also somewhat challenging. This interview is based on a hierarchy covering everyday technologies of different challenge, from easy to hard. Thereafter the assessment takes place through an observation of the client’s use of 3-4 of these somewhat challenging technologies, then followed by an interview to capture the person’s own view on his/her performance skills. The assessment hence is a combination of observation and interview.
The META assessment is diveded in four part as follows:
- Assessment of observable performance skills during technology use (10 items).
- Assessment of how environmental characteristics influence when a piece of technology is being used (2 items).
- Assessment of intrapersonal capacities that may contribute to problems when technology is used, including safety (3 items).
- The person’s appreciation of how important and how safe the technology is.
Order and translation inquiries
The META manual contains 60 pages including the assessment forms. The manual is only for sale as an eBook (PDF file) for personal use only (no further distribution). The price is 500 Swedish kronor (SEK) including VAT.
Order the manual
Contact Tina Sandulf with complete invoice address. When ordering outside the Nordic countries a proforma invoice should be paid aforehead.
Contact Louise Nygård and describe the purpose of and the plan for the translation.