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Using mobile devices and apps to support reflective learning about older people with dementia

Pitts, K., Pudney, K., Zachos, K. , Maiden, N., Krogstie, B., Jones, S., Rose, M., MacManus, J. & Turner, I. (2015). Using mobile devices and apps to support reflective learning about older people with dementia. Behaviour and Information Technology, 34(6), pp. 613-631. doi: 10.1080/0144929X.2015.1015165


There has been little research to develop computing technologies to support the care of people with dementia, in spite of the growing challenges that the condition poses for society. To design such technologies, an existing model of computer-support reflective learning was instantiated with findings from a pre-design study in one residential home. The result was a mobile device running an adapted enterprise social media app to support person-centred care. Evaluations of the device and app in two residential homes revealed that use of the app both motivated and increased different styles of care note recording, but little reflective learning was identified or reported. The results suggest the need for more comprehensive and flexible computer-based support for reflective learning about residents in their care – and new designs of this more comprehensive support are also introduced.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Behaviour and Information Technology on 24 Mar 2015, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Dementia care; reflective learning; mobile apps; formative evaluations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
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