Dementie en technologie: Een studie naar technologische interventies in de zorg voor dementiepatienten en hun mantelzorgers

Translated title of the contribution: Dementia and technology: A study of technology interventions in the healthcare for dementia patients and their caregivers

N. Nijhof*, J.E.W.C. van Gemert-Pijnen, D.A.J. Dohmen, E.R. Seydel

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    Abstract

    Purpose: To explore the possibilities for IT interventions in care of older persons with dementia.

    Method: Inventory of international and national studies on implemented technology interventions for the care of persons with dementia and their caregivers. Three categories of technology are distinguished: (1) help with symptoms of dementia (2) social contact and company for the patient, and (3) health monitoring and safety.

    Results: Eighteen international and eight national studies are included. The first results of the effects of technology interventions for patients with dementia look promising. Evidence exists for significant improvements as to the quality of life and effects on behaviour (such as less falling). The caregivers and healthcare professionals are satisfied with the usability of the technology. The purchase and user costs, however, are often too high. The labour satisfaction of healthcare professionals in relation to the use of technology has rarely been studied.

    Conclusion: Although technology can improve the ability to cope with certain consequences of dementia, the effects of technology for dementia patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals has not yet been extensively studied. Further research may focus on effects of technology for people with dementia and their caregivers as to their quality of life, feeling of safety and work satisfaction, respectively.
    Translated title of the contributionDementia and technology: A study of technology interventions in the healthcare for dementia patients and their caregivers
    Original languageDutch
    Pages (from-to)113-132
    JournalTijdschrift voor gerontologie en geriatrie
    Volume40
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Keywords

    • Technologie
    • Telehealth
    • Mensen met dementie
    • Mantelzorgers
    • Zorgverleners

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