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INDUCT project is investigating facilitators and barriers to engaging with e-Health interventions in dementia

Wednesday 18 January 2017

Maastricht University PhD student Hannah Christie (pictured), who is involved in the INDUCT project, has written the following report on recent developments:

In September 2016, 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) commenced their PhDs as a part of the Interdisciplinary Network Using Current Technology in Dementia (INDUCT) project. In December 2016, the 15 ESRs completed the POSADEM online module “Living with dementia: personal perspectives”. The module ran for six weeks and was part of the INDUCT network-wide doctoral training, requiring roughly 120 hours per ESR to complete. The goal was to encourage ESRs to reflect on how dementia is experienced and how individuals live with dementia, as well as the effects of the condition on their personal relationships and loved ones. The module stimulated many interactive and thought-provoking discussions between ESRs and session leaders, both on the virtual platform as well as on the message boards. Indeed, by the end of the module there were over 600 posts on message boards! The ESRs rated the module very highly and formulated action points so as to use the lessons learned through POSADEM to improve their research.

In related news, an INDUCT ESRs at the University of Maastricht is investigating engagement with e-Health interventions for people with signs of dementia and their family caregivers. The first output is a systematic review that will determine what the current literature has identified as factors influencing engagement with these interventions. In this review, a theoretical model for tracing facilitators and barriers will be adapted specifically for e-Health interventions in dementia. The subsequent studies will apply the resulting framework to evaluate various digital social support interventions in dementia (e.g. Inlife and Partner in Balance), providing more information on the interactions of persons with dementia and their carers with e-Health technologies. The project will examine how persons with dementia and caregiver preferences, technology company needs, and implementation issues can be addressed in order to develop e-Health interventions that stimulate social inclusion and reduce stigma.

Persons with queries about INDUCT, POSADEM and the described project are encouraged to direct them to Hannah Christie, an INDUCT ESR, at hannah.christie@maastrichtuniversity.nl

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