Neuropsychology in the 21st Century: Measuring and Examining the Impact of Technology Use in Dementia Caregiving

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Updated on 23 September 2022
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Cynthia Mikula
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University of Missouri (online study) Contact
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Accepts healthy volunteers

Summary

We are seeking caregivers to persons with dementia for survey research.  The purpose of the study is to learn more about how caregivers to persons with dementia use technology.  Participants will complete a 60 minute online survey.  Individuals who complete the survey will receive a $20 prepaid Amazon gift card over email

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"Dementia is characterized by cognitive and behavioral impairments that impact the ability live independently and is one of the defining healthcare and economic problems of modern times. Neuropsychologists play a central role in diagnosis and management of dementia, working closely with care partners to develop strategies to help improve person centered outcomes. Increasingly, care partners turn to assistive technologies to aide in a variety of daily tasks. For example, they may use smartphone applications, smart speakers, and wearable devices, to provide automated medication reminders, facilitate socialization through video calls, and monitor activity of persons with dementia. However, to date there is inadequate understanding of the use of assistive technologies in dementia care and a lack of available measures to assess the construct of technology-enabled care giving. Furthermore, research findings on the relationship between technology use and stakeholder-relevant outcomes has been inconsistent, such that it is difficult for neuropsychologists to make clear recommendations and develop novel treatments. The current research will begin to address these gaps in the literature by accomplishing the following specific aims:
• Specific Aim 1: Develop a Technology in Caring Questionnaire.
• Specific Aim 2: Explore the association of assistive technology use with caregiver strain and quality of life.
• Specific Aim 3: Assess the relationship between assistive technology use and person-centered outcomes among individuals with dementia.
The study will include a survey of 100 caregivers to persons with dementia. Analyses will evaluate item properties to refine the Technology in Caring Questionnaire and develop a total scale indexing overall assistive technology use. Hierarchical linear regressions will then be used to examine the incremental utility of technology use in explaining person-centered outcomes among caregivers and persons with dementia"

Email mikulac@health.missouri.edu or call 573-882-7973 to confirm eligibility and to access to the survey.

Details
Condition Dementia, Caregiver, Healthy Volunteers
Clinical Study IdentifierTX284267
Last Modified on23 September 2022

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