Electrical stimulation: A societal perspective

D. R. Gater, S. M. McDowell, James Abbas

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Societal perspective on functional electrical stimulation is colored by media influence, popular thought, and political climate as much as by the science that supports it. The purpose of this article is to examine how these influences facilitate or inhibit the application of electrical stimulation in today's world and to describe the challenges facing the use of electrical stimulation in the future. Emphasis will be placed on perceived need, cost, and available resources and how these factors must be addressed to utilize functional electrical stimulation successfully in society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-91
Number of pages7
JournalAssistive Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes



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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)

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Gater, D. R., McDowell, S. M., & Abbas, J. (2000). Electrical stimulation: A societal perspective. Assistive Technology, 12(1), 85-91.