Barriers to wider use of technology in dementia care and support
Martin Knapp | PSSRU, London School of Economics and Political Science
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.