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Mobile and wearable technologies for persons with disabilities: a bibliometric analysis (2000–2021).

Chiew, T. K., Khoo, S., Ansari, P. and Kiruthika, U., 2024. Mobile and wearable technologies for persons with disabilities: a bibliometric analysis (2000–2021). Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 19 (3), 994-1002.

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DOI: 10.1080/17483107.2022.2138996


Purpose: This study uses a bibliometric approach to analyse the patterns in research related to mobile and wearable technologies for persons with disabilities to evaluate the current state of relevant research. Materials and methods: A systematic search was done using two strings covering “disability” and “mobile and wearable technologies” in the titles of publications in the Web of Science database. Two researchers independently screened the results for relevant publications. During this process, the inclusion and exclusion criteria were deliberated and refined. An independent researcher checked the screening results against the finalized inclusion and exclusion criteria to ensure that the screening was done consistently. Results: A total of 2012 out of the 5990 retrieved publications from 2000 to 2022 were included for further analysis. We observed that publications in this area grew exponentially since 2011, almost doubling every 2 years between 2011 and 2015. Universities in the USA were the most active and prominent in relevant publications. Autism is the most researched disability in relation to mobile and wearable technologies. The publications cover both hardware (engineering, electrical and electronic) and software (computer science, theory and methods) technologies used for improving quality of life for persons with disabilities (rehabilitation). Conclusions: The majority of publications were from high income countries, indicating the need to study the digital divide among high-, low- and middle-income countries in adopting mobile and wearable technologies for persons with disabilities, especially ways of making these technologies more affordable and accessible to the under-privileged members of the community.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mobile technologies; bibliometric; disabilities; wearable technologies
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:39433
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:29 Jan 2024 13:04
Last Modified:30 May 2024 11:19


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