From the Perspective of Therapists: Perceptions and Expectations to Technology used for Non-Pharmaceutical Therapy for People with Dementia

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2024

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Objective: This dissertation investigates therapists' perceptions and expectations of technology application in non-pharmaceutical therapies (NPT) for individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Dementia, emphasizing the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Methods: Adopting a qualitative research framework, this study utilizes methodology comprising semi-structured interviews, and participatory observations. Semi-structured interviews employed convenience sampling to engage experienced therapists in in-depth discussions, while participatory observations offered a firsthand examination of therapeutic settings and methodologies, including music therapy, and reminiscence therapy.

Results: Integrating insights from therapist interviews, and immersive participatory observations, the study elucidates the ambivalent nature of ICT’s role in NPT for treating dementia patients. Challenges identified include older patients’ resistance to new technologies and the difficulty in quantifying the therapeutic outcomes of ICT applications. Despite these hurdles, therapists exhibit a collective optimism toward the potential of rapidly evolving technology to enhance the overall efficacy of NPT in the recovery processes for dementia patients.

Conclusion: The research underscores a complex landscape where the integration of ICT in NPT presents both opportunities and challenges. Therapists’ hopeful outlook signals a broader consensus on the potential transformative impact of technology in dementia intervention, suggesting a need for further innovation and research in this domain. This study contributes to the dialogue on integrating ICT in therapeutic practices, offering a nuanced understanding of its implications for enhancing dementia intervention.

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Fu, Jingyu (2024). From the Perspective of Therapists: Perceptions and Expectations to Technology used for Non-Pharmaceutical Therapy for People with Dementia. Master's thesis, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/31084.

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