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Overcoming barriers to the adoption of locating technologies in dementia care: a multi-stakeholder focus group study

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Title:Overcoming barriers to the adoption of locating technologies in dementia care: a multi-stakeholder focus group study
Creators Name:Freiesleben, S.D. and Megges, H. and Herrmann, C. and Wessel, L. and Peters, O.
Abstract:BACKGROUND: Locating technologies are a subtype of assistive technology that aim to support persons with dementia by helping manage spatial orientation impairments and provide aid to care partners by intervening when necessary. Although a variety of locating devices are commercially available, their adoption has remained low in the past years. Several studies have explored barriers to the adoption of assistive technologies from the perspective of professional stakeholders, but in-depth explorations for locating technologies are sparse. Additionally, the inputs of business professionals are lacking. The aim of this study was to expand knowledge on barriers to the adoption of locating technologies from a multi-stakeholder professional perspective, and to explore strategies to optimize adoption. METHODS: In total, 22 professionals working in business (n = 7), healthcare (n = 6) and research (n = 9) fields related to gerontology and gerontechnology participated in our focus group study. Perceptions on the value of using locating technologies for dementia care, barriers to their adoption, as well as salient services and information dissemination strategies were explored. After verbatim transcription, transcripts were analysed following an inductive data-driven content analysis approach in MAXQDA. RESULTS: Six key adoption barriers centering on: (1) awareness-, (2) technological-, (3) product characteristic- and (4) capital investment-based limitations, (5) unclear benefits, as well as (6) ethical concerns emerged. The interplay between barriers was high. Five core themes on services and information dissemination strategies centering on: (1) digital autonomy support, (2) emergency support, (3) information dissemination actors, (4) product acquisition, and (5) product advertising were extracted. CONCLUSIONS: Our study with interdisciplinary stakeholders expands knowledge on barriers to the adoption of locating technologies for dementia care, and reinforces recommendations that an interdisciplinary strategy is needed to optimize adoption. Also, our findings show that focusing on services to increase digital autonomy and on information dissemination strategies has been largely overlooked and may be particularly effective.
Keywords:Alzheimer’s Disease, Assistive Technology, Adoption, Barriers, Dementia, Focus Group, Locating Technology, Services, Stakeholders, Surveillance
Source:BMC Geriatrics
ISSN:1471-2318
Publisher:BioMed Central
Volume:21
Number:1
Page Range:378
Date:21 June 2021
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-021-02323-6
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