The impact of assistive technology on burden and psychological wellbeing in informal caregivers of people with dementia (ATTILA Study)

Anna Davies, Stefano Brini, Shashivadan Hirani, Rebecca Gathercole, Kirsty Forsyth, Catherine Henderson, Rosie Bradley, Lucy Davies, Barbara Dunk, Emma Harper, Natalie Lam, Lynn Pank, Iracema Leroi, John Woolham, Chris Fox, John O'Brien, Andrew Bateman, Fiona Poland, Pete Bentham, Alistair BurnsRichard Gray, Martin Knapp, Emma Talbot, Emma Hooper, Rachel Winson, Bethany Scutt, Victoria Ordonez, Samantha Nunn, Grace Lavelle, Robert Howard, Stanton Newman*

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION, Assistive Technology and Telecare (ATT) may alleviate psychological burden in informal caregivers of people with dementia. This study assessed the impact of ATT on informal caregivers’ burden and psychological wellbeing.

METHODS, Individuals with dementia and their informal caregivers were recruited to a randomized controlled trial assessing effectiveness of ATT. Caregivers were allocated to two groups according to their cared-for person’s randomization to a full or basic package of ATT and were assessed on caregiver burden, state anxiety, and depression. Caregivers’ data from three assessments over six months of the trial were analysed.

RESULTS, No significant between- or within-group differences at any time point on caregivers’ burden, anxiety, and depression levels were found.

DISCUSSION, Full ATT for people with dementia did not impact caregivers’ psychological outcomes compared to basic ATT. The length of follow up was restricted to six months.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12064
Number of pages10
JournalAlzheimer's and Dementia: Translational Research and Interventions
Volume6
Issue number1
Early online date3 Sep 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • assistive technology
  • caregiver burden
  • dementia
  • informal caregiver
  • mental health
  • telecare

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    Davies, A., Brini, S., Hirani, S., Gathercole, R., Forsyth, K., Henderson, C., Bradley, R., Davies, L., Dunk, B., Harper, E., Lam, N., Pank, L., Leroi, I., Woolham, J., Fox, C., O'Brien, J., Bateman, A., Poland, F., Bentham, P., ... Newman, S. (2020). The impact of assistive technology on burden and psychological wellbeing in informal caregivers of people with dementia (ATTILA Study). Alzheimer's and Dementia: Translational Research and Interventions, 6(1), [e12064]. https://doi.org/10.1002/trc2.12064