Survey of Needs for Assistive and Medical Devices for Older People in Six Countries of the WHO Western Pacific Region: China, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea and Viet Nam
(2015; 128 pages)


The survey provided a good introduction to the thinking of a limited number of stakeholders in these six countries on assistive devices (AD) and medical devices (MD). The survey was effective in achieving a balance between the sophistication and flexibility needed to deliver results – identifying priority (AD) and (MD) for older people; understanding contributing factors for their availability or unavailability; and identifying possible approaches to improve access to high-quality AD and MD at an affordable cost. A particular value of the survey was to apply a methodological approach to understanding the needs and contributing enabling factors for such health technologies. Further research and actions are needed to ensure improved access, quality and use of medical products and technologies in the concerned countries and globally.

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