INDUCT at KI

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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 patner-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 futureresearch 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.

Leader

In Sweden: Louise Nygård (KI)

Members

At KI: Camilla Malinowsky, Anders Kottorp (Malmö University/KI),

The INDUCT network: Georgina Charlesworth (University College of London, UCL), PI Martin Orrell, WFOT, ADI, and others. Read more about the INDUCT network here.

PhD-students (ESRs): Sarah Wallcook, Sophie Gaber

Funders

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

Also, see 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.

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