Framework for Dementia Quality of Life Assessment with Assistive Technology Intervention

C.B. Peterson, N.R. Prasad, and R. Prasad (Denmark)


Quality of Life, dementia and assessment tools


This paper proposes a theoretical framework for a Quality of Life (QOL) evaluation tool that is sensitive, flexible, computerized, and specific to assistive technology (AT) for dementia care. Using the appropriate evaluation tool serves to improve methodologies that are used for AT assessment, development and improves the understanding of how health technology outcomes affect overall care. It will largely serve to develop the competence of technology assessments through a more efficient procedure for evaluation. One of the many challenges to assessing QOL is that results are subjective and difficult to analyze in an objective, empirical manner. This paper accentuates that this is not a hindrance to measuring OQL, but could be emphasized and adapted to create a precise measurement tool; the end-user voice must be sought and empowered in determining functional definitions and indicators for QOL. Current QOL measures inspired recommendations for a future assessment tool in order to assist investigators and clinicians in selecting the optimal method for their needs. The proposed framework is evaluated by means of a theoretical analysis focused on future applications, with particular regard to the influx in assistive technologies and their implications as therapeutic interventions for dementia care.

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