Effects of Tracking Technology on Daily Life of Persons With Dementia: Three Experimental Single-Case Studies
2015 (English)In: American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia, ISSN 1533-3175, Vol. 30, no 1, 29-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objectives:To investigate the effects of using tracking technology on independent outdoor activities and psychological well-being in 3 persons with dementia (PwDs) and their spouses.
Methods:Three experimental single-case studies with an A1B1A2B2 design. The intervention entailed access to a passive positioning alarm and technical support. Continual daily measures of independent outdoor activities among PwDs' and spouses' worries about these activities were made during all phases.
Results:Access to a tracking technology consistently increased the independent outdoor activities of 2 PwDs. One of the spouses consistently reported decreased worry during B phases, another's worry decreased only in B2, and the third showed little variability in worrying across all phases.
Conclusion:Tracking technology may support PwDs to engage in independent outdoor activities and decrease spouses' worries; however, randomized controlled group studies are needed to investigate whether these results can be replicated on a group level.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 30, no 1, 29-40 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-240587DOI: 10.1177/1533317514531441ISI: 000349294400004PubMedID: 24771764OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-240587DiVA: diva2:776743