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ICT-based applications to improve social health and social participation in older adults with dementia. A systematic literature review

Pinto-Bruno, AC; Antonio Garcia-Casal, J; Csipke, E; Jenaro-Rio, C; Franco-Martin, M; (2017) ICT-based applications to improve social health and social participation in older adults with dementia. A systematic literature review. Aging & Mental Health , 21 (1) pp. 58-65. 10.1080/13607863.2016.1262818. Green open access

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Information and communication technologies (ICT) developers, together with dementia experts have created several technological solutions to improve and facilitate social health and social participation and quality of life of older adults living with dementia. However, there is a need to carry out a systematic literature review that focuses on the validity and efficacy of these new technologies assessing their utility to promote ‘social health’ and ‘active ageing’ in people with dementia. METHOD: Searches in electronic databases identified 3824 articles of which 6 met the inclusion criteria and were coded according to their methodological approach, sample sizes, type of outcomes and results. RESULTS: Six papers were identified reporting the use of 10 different interventions with people with dementia. Qualitative studies (four) showed a benefit of the use of technologies to foster social participation in people with dementia. At the same time, barriers to a widespread use of these technologies in this population were identified. A quantitative study and a mixed-method study with quantitative outcomes showed that ICT-based interventions promote more social behaviours than non-technology-based interventions. CONCLUSIONS: In the last years, several technological devices for living independently and fostering social health and social participation in people with dementia have been developed. However, specific outcome measures to assess social health and social participation are needed. Even though the analysed studies provided some evidence-base for the use of technology in this field, there is an urge to develop high quality studies and specific outcome measures.

Type: Article
Title: ICT-based applications to improve social health and social participation in older adults with dementia. A systematic literature review
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2016.1262818
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2016.1262818
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Geriatrics & Gerontology, Gerontology, Psychiatry, Dementia, technology, social health, social participation, older adults, MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT, DISEASE, PEOPLE, RISK
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10022809
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