Alzheimer Europe is delighted to have co-authored a new paper, published in JMIR Publications and entitled "Assessing the Views of Professionals, Patients, and Care Partners Concerning the Use of Computer Tools in Memory Clinics: International Survey Study". The study found that the majority of all end-users (i.e. professionals, patients, care partners) gave positive feedback regarding using computer tools in memory clinics, and this held true for diagnostic tools, prognostic tools, communication tools, and tools directed at patients such as online cognitive testing.
The authors of the study who include Jean Georges, Executive Director, Alzheimer Europe, identified several important hindering and stimulation factors regarding the use of such computer tools. Stimulating factors (facilitators) were found to be:
- Tools should be user-friendly and increase diagnostic accuracy.
- Furthermore, tools should cost little time and contain information on reliability and validity.
Hindering factors (barriers) were:
- A tool not being connected to electronic patient files.
- Fear of losing important information.
Patients and care partners thought favourably of tools as long as they were used in a complementary fashion with the current way of working and not as a replacement. These results provide an important step in the iterative process of developing computer tools for memory clinics and pave the way for further implementation. During the recent Alzheimer Europe Conference, lead author Aniek M. van Gils had the opportunity to share these results in a parallel session, on "New ways of diagnosing dementia and of recruiting and assessing research participants". You can read the paper, here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34870612/