The overarching research goal of the INDUCT (Interdisciplinary Network for Dementia Utilising Current Technology) project is to improve the usability of technology in dementia care by evaluating its effectiveness and implementation issues.

The INDUCT network comprises seven world-leading research organisations plus IDES, an enterprise for technology, research and care, as well as eight partner-organisations, two other major universities and three other enterprises. INDUCT works with INTERDEM, a large international collaboration enabling training and opportunities to develop capacity for future research in dementia care. 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), i.e. PhD-students, are hosted across the INDUCT network, two of these in the CACTUS research group at KI.

The two KI-based INDUCT-projects are:

  1. Everyday technology in public space meets people with dementia
  2. Access and ability to use everyday technology among older adults with dementia.

These projects focus on people with dementia as users of everyday technologies, and explore how everyday technology in public space and in societal services interacts with and influence participation for people with dementia in European countries (in this case UK and Sweden). Data is collected with the Everyday Technology Use Questionnaire (ETUQ) and the Participation in ACTivities and places OUTside home questionnaire (ACT-OUT) as well as with qualitative approaches. These studies will also provide additional data to the data bases for these two tools and the international project “Participation in places and activities in public space as perceived by people with cognitive impairment”. The project started in the fall 2016, and is expected to continue four years.

See also the following projects on CACTUS’ webpage: Knowing and supporting adults with cognitive impairment as users of technology, Knowing technology’s requirements and designing/adapting technologies for users with cognitive impairments, and Access to and usability of places and activities in public space as perceived by people with cognitive impairment, and the INDUCT homepage.

Leader (in Sweden)

Louise Nygård (Karolinska Institute)



EU Marie Slodowska Curie ETN, FORTE, Swedish Research Council (VR).

New INDUCT Lay Report Published - May 2020

A lay report has been published by Sophie Gaber (ESR3) and Sarah Wallcook (ESR4) from their joint INDUCT research project, People with dementia In Public Space using Everyday Technology (PIPSET).

This report has been prepared for research participants, community groups and wider stakeholders involved in, or interested in this research, and for clinicians and colleagues at the National Health Service (UK) recruitment sites.

The report is available here and all readers are welcome to distribute it widely.


Scientific journal publications:

  • Gaber, S. N., Nygård, L., Brorsson, A., Kottorp, A., Charlesworth, G., Wallcook, S., & Malinowsky, C. (2020). Social Participation in Relation to Technology Use and Social Deprivation: A Mixed Methods Study Among Older People with and without Dementia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, 4022.
  • Gaber, S.N., Nygård, L., Kottorp, A., Charlesworth, G., Wallcook, S. & Malinowsky, C. (2020). Perceived risks, concession travel pass access and everyday technology use for out-of-home participation: cross-sectional interviews among older people in the UK. BMC Geriatrics, 20, 192.
  • Gaber, S. N., Nygård, L., Brorsson, A., Kottorp, A. & Malinowsky, C. (2019). Everyday technologies and public space participation among people with and without dementia. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 86(5), 400-411.

Policy and Practice Reports:

  • Gaber, S. N., & Wallcook, S. (2020). Lay Report: People with dementia in Public Space using Everyday Technology (PIPSET) (IRAS 215654). Available from:
  • Gaber, S. N., & Brorsson, A. (2019). The role of technology around stigma: Marie’s journey. World Alzheimer Report 2019, pp. 162-163. London: Alzheimer’s Disease International. Available from:
  • Wallcook, S., Gaber, S., Nygård, L., & Malinowsky, C. (2019). Joint INDUCT/WFOT International practice guidance on technology use in dementia. Interdisciplinary Network for Dementia Utilizing Current Technology (INDUCT). Stockholm: Karolinska Institutet.
  • Dröes, R-M., Vermeer, Y., Libert, S., Gaber, S. N., Wallcook, S., Rai, H., … Orrell, M. (2019). Best Practice Guidance: Human Interaction with Technology in Dementia. Interdisciplinary Network for Dementia Utilizing Current Technology (INDUCT). Available from: