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Title: Awareness, requirements and barriers to use of Assistive Technology designed to enable independence of people suffering from Dementia (ATD)
Authors: van den Heuvel, EA
Jowitt, F
McIntyre, A
Keywords: Alzheimer's disease;Assistive technology;Dementia;Awareness
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: IOS Press
Citation: Technology and Disability, 24(2): 139 - 148, Jun 2012
Abstract: This study investigated the awareness and use of assistive technology for people with dementia. The aim of the study was to explore barriers to the uptake of, and the unmet needs for, assistive technology for dementia (ATD) The work was carried out with family carers of people with dementia because carers are often the purchasers, end users and main beneficiaries of this type of technology. Focus groups were used to explore carers’ views on ATD use, and the problems that might be addressed by ATD, in order to develop a questionnaire for dementia carers. The questionnaire was administered at Alzheimer’s Society carer support groups in South Bucks and in Hillingdon Borough (UK). None of the 16 focus group participants or the 42 respondents to the questionnaire had any personal experience of ATD. The dementia carers reported a number of concerns, problems and unmet needs that could be addressed by existing, commercially available ATD products. Some needs for new technology development were identified in the study, but the lack of awareness of ATD appears to be the most important barrier to technology adoption.
Description: This article is available through the Brunel Open Access Publishing Fund. Copyright @ 2012 IOS Press
ISSN: 1055-4181
Appears in Collections:Occupational Therapy
Brunel OA Publishing Fund
Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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