ALL Institute Co-Director Professor Deirdre Desmond, Maynooth University, recently published paper entitled 'Reflections and future directions for psychological science in Prosthetics and Orthotics International' in Prosthetics and Orthotics International, co- authored by Professor Pamela Gallagher of DCU.
In the inaugural edition of Prosthetics and Orthotics International in 1977, Dr Sidney Fishman identified the Psychological Sciences as one of six indispensable areas of skill and knowledge in professional prosthetic–orthotic practice. Since then, there have been substantial changes and developments in the complexity and capabilities of assistive technologies, greater emphasis on understanding the relationships between people and enabling technologies, growing recognition of the importance of the contexts and environments that support their use, and changes in both health care services and the professional development of prosthetists and orthotists. The aim of this narrative review is to reflect on the role of Prosthetics and Orthotics International in shaping the evolving understanding of psychology in prosthetics and orthotics. There remains considerable potential and opportunity for the development and application of psychology in addressing the challenges of disability globally. However, a broad interpretation and application of the principles of rehabilitation psychology are needed if we are to meaningfully incorporate psychological science into the knowledge that informs prosthetic and orthotic practice.
More information on the article here.