DemTab: Tablet-based outpatient care of people with dementia

 

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Aim

Main objectives of this research project are the development and evaluation of a tablet-based intervention that improves outpatient dementia care. Further, findings will help to identify optimization potential in the existing outpatient care of PwD, as well as remedy existing care deficits and improve the quality of care and patient-oriented outcomes. In the long term, the research results can help to successfully implement innovative care concepts in health care. As part of the research project, a qualitative feasibility study will be carried out for a tablet-based treatment in everyday outpatient dementia care. In addition, a tablet-based intervention will be developed and subsequently tested in a cRCT (N=200 dementia patients and their family caregivers, recruited from 20 GP practices) designed to help improving outpatient care of PwD. The intervention comprises three main components: •Guideline-based treatment planning: DemTab supports GPs with technology-based treatment pathways and algorithms •Individual disease management: DemTab provides PWD with support with daytime structuring, medication intake and implementation of guideline-based psychosocial interventions in the home environment. Further, DemTab increases patient empowerment by providing dementia-specific information to patients and caregivers •Integrated health care: support of direct / indirect communication of patients, family caregivers and health care providers as well as the promotion of integrated care.