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2016 Conference Presentation

DementiaTechnology International

6 September 2016

Barriers to wider use of technology in dementia care and support

Martin Knapp, PSSRU, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom


Technologies are not currently widely used in dementia care and support. In this presentation we will consider why that is. A number of barriers will be discussed, including: under-developed technologies; a weak evidence base on those technologies that are now available; the cost of technologies (to different stakeholders); design issues; trust and preferences; limited awareness; the need for individualisation; commissioning limitations; social attitudes to ageing and dementia, linked to technology; and staff skills, awareness and attitudes.

The presentation will finish with suggestions as to how to overcome some of these barriers through policy initiatives and practice adjustments.

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