Type

Journal Article

Authors

Brian A. Lawlor
David K. Prendergast
Joseph P. Wherton
Joanna E. McHugh

Subjects

Education

Topics
psychology social isolation information provision carers information and communication technology ict information technology well being physical and mental health grounded theory dementia information and communication technology

Identifying opportunities for supporting caregivers of persons with dementia through information and communication technology (2012)

Abstract With the demographic shift towards an older population, the contribution made by informal caregivers of persons with dementia is becoming increasingly important. The ongoing demands of the caring role can often impact mental health and physical well-being. Information and communication technology (ICT) may offer new ways of reducing caregiver burden through information provision and social contact. Interviews were conducted with 14 spouse caregivers of persons with dementia. Grounded theory analysis of interview transcripts revealed specific areas where ICT could help. These are summarised under three main themes: ‘Support needed’ (education and informal), ‘social isolation’ (leaving the house and sustaining networks) and the ‘relationship’ between patient and caregiver (disappearance and interaction). The findings demonstrate the importance of consulting caregivers to ensure that technology design is grounded in an understanding of the problems being addressed.
Collections Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Academic Unit = Faculty of Social Sciences
Ireland -> National College of Ireland -> Type = Article
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Status = Published
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Open Access DRIVERset
Ireland -> National College of Ireland -> Status = Published
Ireland -> National College of Ireland -> Subject = T Technology: T Technology (General)
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Type = Article
Ireland -> Maynooth University -> Academic Unit = Faculty of Social Sciences: Anthropology
Ireland -> National College of Ireland -> Subject = B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology
Ireland -> National College of Ireland -> Subject = H Social Sciences: HD Industries. Land use. Labor: Non Profit Organisations. Voluntary Sector.: Carers
Ireland -> National College of Ireland -> Subject = T Technology: T Technology (General): Information Technology

Full list of authors on original publication

Brian A. Lawlor, David K. Prendergast, Joseph P. Wherton, Joanna E. McHugh

Experts in our system

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Brian A. Lawlor
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 125
 
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Joanna E. McHugh
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 36