Toward the Integration of Technology-Based Interventions in the Care Pathway for People with Dementia: A Cross-National Study

Vera Stara, Benjamin Vera, Daniel Bolliger, Susy Paolini, Michiel de Jong, Elisa Felici, Stephanie Koenderink, Lorena Rossi, Viviane Von Doellen, Mirko di Rosa
<span title="2021-10-02">2021</span> <i title="MDPI AG"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="" style="color: black;">International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health</a> </i> &nbsp;
The integration of technology-based interventions into health and care provision in our aging society is still a challenge especially in the care pathway for people with dementia. Objective: The study aims to: (1) identify which socio-demographic characteristics are independently associated with the use of the embodied conversational agent among subjects with dementia, (2) uncover patient cluster profiles based on these characteristics, and (3) discuss technology-based interventions challenges.
more &raquo; ... Methods: A virtual agent was used for four weeks by 55 persons with dementia living in their home environment. Results: Participants evaluated the agent as easy-to-use and quickly learnable. They felt confident while using the system and expressed the willingness to use it frequently. Moreover, 21/55 of the patients perceived the virtual agent as a friend and assistant who they could feel close to and who would remind them of important things. Conclusions: Technology-based interventions require a significant effort, such as personalized features and patient-centered care pathways, to be effective. Therefore, this study enriches the open discussion on how such virtual agents must be evidence-based related and designed by multidisciplinary teams, following patient-centered care as well as user-centered design approaches.
<span class="external-identifiers"> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener noreferrer" href="">doi:10.3390/ijerph181910405</a> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener" href="">pmid:34639704</a> <a target="_blank" rel="external noopener" href="">fatcat:pglxizv43rhh3pp6bb5kfdg5ey</a> </span>
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