Tuesday, 15 November 2016

New open-access publication from the AcTo Dementia project

CATCH researchers working on the AcTo Dementia project have recently published a review article in JMIR Rehabilitation and AssistiveTechnologies. This article, authored by Phil Joddrell and Professor Arlene Astell, is open-access meaning that it is free to read online or download. The review focuses on studies that have involved people living with dementia using touchscreen technologies, such as smartphones and tablets. A total of 45 articles were included in this review, published between 1986 and 2015, demonstrating that touchscreen technology has been in use long before the dawn of iPhones and iPads. The article concluded that people with dementia are able to use touchscreens, that the majority of research to date has focused on using the technology to deliver assessments or provide an assistive function, and that there is unrealised potential to use touchscreen devices to deliver independent activities for meaningful occupation, entertainment, and fun.

Joddrell P, Astell AJ
Studies Involving People With Dementia and Touchscreen Technology: A Literature Review
JMIR Rehabil Assist Technol 2016;3(2):e10
DOI: 10.2196/rehab.5788

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