Information and Communication Technology systems to improve quality of life and safety of Alzheimer's disease patients: A multicenter international survey

Alberto Pilotto, Grazia D'Onofrio, Edoardo Benelli, Antonio Zanesco, Ana Cabello, M. Carmen Margelí, Sophia Wanche-Politis, Kostas Seferis, Daniele Sancarlo, Dimitrios Kilias

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Abstract

Within the frame of the European Commission funded Smart Home for Elderly People (HOPE) Project, relatives/caregivers of 223 Alzheimer's Disease (AD) patients were recruited in Italy, Spain, and Greece for a multicenter international survey on the potential role of Information and Communication Technology system (ICT-systems) for AD patients. A five-minute video on HOPE ICT-systems was shown, and all relatives/caregivers completed a 13-item questionnaire that evaluated the potential role of: A) ICT-systems in improving quality of life, care, and safety; B) devices for monitoring personal movements, medication use, and ambient environmental conditions; C) devices to improve communication, home-based rehabilitation, and reduction of specific risks; and D) possible agreement in using ICT-systems by AD patients. Relatives/caregivers reported that ICT-systems could be very useful to improve: A) quality of life (66.4%), care (56.1%), and safety (87.0%); B) monitoring bed rest and movements (80.7%), medication use (87.4%), and ambient environmental conditions (85.2%); and C) emergency communication (83.4%). Relatives/caregivers reported that ICT-systems could be significantly more useful for AD patients aged 75-84 than patients aged

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-141
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Alzheimer's Disease
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • HOPE project
  • quality of care
  • quality of life
  • safety
  • user-friendly high-technology systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Clinical Psychology

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