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Impact evaluation of assistive technology support for the people with dementia

Asghar, Ikram; Cang, Shuang; Yu, Hongnian

Authors

Ikram Asghar

Shuang Cang



Abstract

This study explores important factors of assistive technology (AT) and evaluates their relative impact on AT effectiveness and retention. Questionnaire based survey is used for data collection from 327 people with dementia (PWD). This empirical study uses statistical techniques including exploratory factor analysis for factor identification, linear regression for impact study, Kruskal Wallis H and Mann Whitney U tests for the statistical significant study in terms of demographic and characteristics. The exploratory factor analysis results into 11 factors: operational support, physical support, psychological support, social support, cultural match, reduced external help, affordability, travel help, compatibility, effectiveness and retention. The results reveal that social support, psychological support and travel help and reduced external help strongly impact on AT effectiveness and retention. The users are motivated by socialization support through using AT without any external help. The use of AT during travelling improves confidence of the PWD and helps them psychologically.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 21, 2017
Online Publication Date May 24, 2018
Publication Date Aug 8, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 17, 2022
Journal Assistive Technology
Print ISSN 1040-0435
Electronic ISSN 1949-3614
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 4
Pages 180-192
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10400435.2017.1411405
Keywords assistive technology, factors, impact, mild dementia, ranking, usability
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2879942