INDUCT at KI (finalized)

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

The INDUCT network comprised world-leading partner organisations, major universities and enterprises. INDUCT worked 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, were hosted across the INDUCT network, two of these in the CACTUS research group at Karolinska Institute.

The two KI-based INDUCT-projects were:

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 focussed 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 were 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 also provided 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 finalized winter 2020-21.

Leader

In Sweden: Louise Nygård (Karolinska Institute)

Members

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

The INDUCT network: Georgina Charlesworth (University College of London, UCL), PI Martin Orrell, WFOT, ADI, and others. See all on INDUCT website

PhD-students/ESRs

Sarah Wallcook, planned PhD June 2021; Sophie Gaber, PhD on 22nd January 2021.

Funders

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

Also, see the following projects on CACTUS’ webpage:

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. https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/11/4022#
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-020-01565-0
  • Gaber, 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, Vol. 86(5) 400-411 DOI: 10.1177/0008417419837764.
  • Wallcook S, Nygård L, Kottorp A, Gaber S, Charlesworth G, Malinowsky C. (Accepted). Kaleidoscopic associations between life outside home and the technological environment that shape occupational injustice – revealed with cross-sectional statistical modelling. Journal of Occupational Science (JOS). doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2020.1818610
  • Wallcook S, Nygård L, Kottorp A, Gaber S, Charlesworth G, Malinowsky C. (2020) The perceived challenge of everyday technologies in Sweden, the United States, and England: exploring differential item functioning in the Everyday Technology Use Questionnaire. SJOT. 27:8, 554-566, DOI: 10.1080/11038128.2020.1723685
  • Wallcook, S., Nygård, L., Kottorp, A. & Malinowsky, C. (online July 2019). The use of Everyday Information Communication Technologies in the lives of older adults living with and without dementia in Sweden. Assistive Technology, DOI: 10.1080/10400435.2019.1644685

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