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The impact of assistive technology on burden and psychological wellbeing in informal caregivers of people with dementia (ATTILA Study)

Davies, A., Brini, S., Hirani, S. P. ORCID: 0000-0002-1577-8806, Gathercole, R., Forsyth, K., Henderson, C., Bradley, R., Davies, L., Dunk, B., Harper, E., Lam, N., Pank, L., Leroi, I., Woolham, J., Fox, C., O'Brien, J., Bateman, A., Poland, F., Bentham, P., Burns, A., Gray, R., Knapp, M., Talbot, E., Hooper, E., Winson, R., Scutt, B., Ordonez, V., Nunn, S., Lavelle, G., Howard, R. and Newman, S. P. (2020). The impact of assistive technology on burden and psychological wellbeing in informal caregivers of people with dementia (ATTILA Study). Alzheimer's and Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventions, 6, e12064. doi: 10.1002/trc2.12064

Abstract

INTRODUCTION, Assistive Technology and Telecare (ATT) may alleviate psychological burden in informal caregivers of people with dementia. This study assessed the impact of ATT on informal caregivers’ burden and psychological wellbeing.

METHODS, Individuals with dementia and their informal caregivers were recruited to a randomized controlled trial assessing effectiveness of ATT. Caregivers were allocated to two groups according to their cared-for person’s randomization to a full or basic package of ATT and were assessed on caregiver burden, state anxiety, and depression. Caregivers’ data from three assessments over six months of the trial were analysed.

RESULTS, No significant between- or within-group differences at any time point on caregivers’ burden, anxiety, and depression levels were found.

DISCUSSION, Full ATT for people with dementia did not impact caregivers’ psychological outcomes compared to basic ATT. The length of follow up was restricted to six months.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Alzheimer's Association. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher Keywords: dementia, assistive technology, telecare, informal caregiver, caregiver burden, mental health
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2020 13:00
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/24956
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