Perception and significance of an assistive technology intervention - the perspectives of relatives of persons with dementia
2013 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 35, no 18, 1519-1526 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose: The aim of this study was to examine relatives' perception of an assistive technology intervention aimed at persons with dementia (PwDs) and their relatives, and to examine whether, and how, experiences of the intervention process differed between relatives valuing the intervention to be of high, and relatives perceiving it to be of low significance. Method: A total of 47 relatives of PwDs within the Swedish Technology and Dementia project were interviewed telephonically using a modified version of the Patient perspective on Care and Rehabilitation process instrument. A total of 46 participants were divided into two groups depending on whether they valued the intervention to be of great significance (GS group; N = 33) or of some/no significance (SNS group; N = 13). Results: Several aspects of the intervention were perceived as highly important, e.g. being shown consideration and respect, and having somewhere to turn. The results indicate that relatives in the GS group perceived certain aspects of the intervention process as highly fulfilled to a larger extent than did relatives in the SNS group. Conclusions: This study illustrates how process evaluations can be used to increase the understanding and to identify improvement aspects of interventions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Informa Healthcare, 2013. Vol. 35, no 18, 1519-1526 p.
Assistive technology, caregiving, dementia, process evaluation, relatives
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54310DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2012.743603ISI: 000322657900004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-54310DiVA: diva2:302669