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

Davies, Anna, Brini, Stefano, Hirani, Shashivadan, Gathercole, Rebecca, Forsyth, Kirsty, Henderson, Catherine, Bradley, Rosie, Davies, Lucy, Dunk, Barbara, Harper, Emma, Lam, Natalie, Pank, Lynn, Leroi, Iracema, Woolham, John, Fox, Chris, O'Brien, John, Bateman, Andrew, Poland, Fiona, Bentham, Pete, Burns, Alistar, Gray, Richard, Knapp, Martin, Talbot, Emma, Hooper, Emma, Winson, Rachel, Scutt, Bethany, Ordonez, Victoria, Nunn, Samantha, Lavelle, Grace, Howard, Robert and Newman, Stanton (2020) The impact of assistive technology on burden and psychological well‐being in informal caregivers of people with dementia (ATTILA Study). Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions, 6 (1).

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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 well‐being.

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 6 months of the trial were analyzed.

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 6 months.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
Publisher: Alzheimer's Association
ISSN: 2352-8737
Departments: Departments > Institute of Health > Urgent and Primary Care
Depositing User: Christian Stretton
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2021 10:34
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 10:09
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5913

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