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Effects of tracking technology on daily life of persons with dementia: three experimental single-case studies
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6381-1922
Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, University of Gävle, Gävle, Sweden; Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Department of Neuroscience, Physiotherapy, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Faculty of Health Sciences, Buskerud University College, Drammen, Norway.
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2015 (English)In: American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia, ISSN 1533-3175, E-ISSN 1938-2731, Vol. 30, no 1, 29-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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2015. Vol. 30, no 1, 29-40 p.
Keyword [en]
Alzheimer’s, dementia, experimental single-case study, information and communication technology, outdoors, tracking technology
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Nursing Geriatrics
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Nursing Science; Geriatrics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-36262DOI: 10.1177/1533317514531441ISI: 000349294400004PubMedID: 24771764Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84922645603OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-36262DiVA: diva2:742789
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Funding Agencies:

University of Gävle

Örebro University

Dementia Association-The National Association for the Rights of the Demented

Knowledge Foundation

Available from: 2014-09-02 Created: 2014-09-01 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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