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Accept in-home technology or not? a quantitative study from the perspective of informal caregivers for people with dementia

Jiang, H. (2022) Accept in-home technology or not? a quantitative study from the perspective of informal caregivers for people with dementia.

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Abstract:Abstract Background: Dementia is one of the most common problems associated with the ageing process and informal care constitutes a significant part of dementia care. Informal caregivers suffer from the burden of taking care of their loved ones. With the help of in-home monitoring technology, informal caregivers can remotely interact with people with dementia in real-time and without interfering with their own lives. Although there are so many advantages of in-home monitoring technology for dementia care, its implementation faces challenges. This study focuses on factors which affect the general acceptance towards in-home monitoring technology from the perspective of informal caregivers in home-based dementia care. Methods: A cross-sectional quantitative study design was used to gain insight into the general user acceptance of in-home technology in home-based dementia care. Participants were selected by convenience sampling and snowball sampling and this research was conducted by online questionnaires either in German or Dutch. Results: There were 258 people who took part in the survey, and 92 of them completed the survey and met all the inclusion criteria. The mean of this sample was 53.8 (SD = 12.3) and the majority has a female gender (n = 70, 76.1%). The result indicated participants were more willing to accept radio frequency-based sensing systems instead of vision-based technology (z = -2.98, p = .003). What’s more, respondents were significantly more positive to accept in-home monitoring technology in the scenario of monitoring acute situations compared to being in the scenarios of monitoring risk prediction and monitoring self-care behaviour (z = -3.39, p = .001; z = -4.08, p = .000). Conclusion: To sum up, there are different factors which could affect informal caregivers’ acceptance towards in-home technology. Recommendations for future research would be conducting a similar study with a larger population and more diverse groups and more quantitative research is needed to understand the relationship between the living situation of people with dementia and informal caregivers’ acceptance in-home monitoring technology.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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