Interdisciplinary Network for Dementia Utilising Current Technology

INDUCT
Interdisciplinary Network for Dementia Utilising Current Technology (INDUCT)
Project Duration: 
09/04/2015
Coordinator: 
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Financed By: 
MSCA-ITN-2015-ETN
Project Partners: 
UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Charles University
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
STICHTING VU-VUMC
I MAS D y Empleo Serviconsulting S.L. (IDES S.L.)
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Project Context: 
Dementia raises complex challenges for people with dementia, their families, and society. The European Parliament has called for investment in high quality, innovative technology research to improve dementia care but so far there has been little benefit because research has generally been limited, small scale and methodologically flawed. In particular: the poor understanding between research and business of how people with dementia use technology means new applications are designed without an in-depth appreciation of people’s needs, preferences and limitations; there is little knowledge about practical, psychological and social barriers and facilitators to implementation making it hard to get results into practice; there is a serious shortage of research trained professionals who combine expertise on dementia care research and technology. In conjunction with INTERDEM the world’s largest network of psychosocial research for people with dementia this ITN will: develop a European multi-disciplinary, intersectoral educational research framework for Europe, to comprehensively train 15 early stage researchers (ESRs) to PhD level; provide the research evidence to show how technology may improve care and quality of life for people with dementia; and provide the European workforce with a much needed new generation of excellent research trained professionals.
Project Objectives: 
determine practical, cognitive & social factors to improve usability of technology
evaluate the effectiveness of specific contemporary technology
trace facilitators & barriers for implementation of technology in dementia care
demonstrate how to make dementia care technology more usable, more effective, and better implemented in practice
culminating in an international consensus guideline for improving policy and practice