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Use of touchscreen tablet technology by people with dementia in homes: a scoping review

Hitch, Danielle, Swan, Jodie, Pattison, Ruth and Stefaniak, Rachel 2017, Use of touchscreen tablet technology by people with dementia in homes: a scoping review, Journal of rehabilitation and assistive technologies engineering, vol. 4, pp. 1-4, doi: 10.1177/2055668317733382.

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Title Use of touchscreen tablet technology by people with dementia in homes: a scoping review
Author(s) Hitch, DanielleORCID iD for Hitch, Danielle orcid.org/0000-0003-2798-2246
Swan, Jodie
Pattison, Ruth
Stefaniak, Rachel
Journal name Journal of rehabilitation and assistive technologies engineering
Volume number 4
Start page 1
End page 4
Total pages 4
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017-01-01
ISSN 2055-6683
Keyword(s) dementia
touchscreen
iPads
apps
Summary Background
The aim of this scoping review was to identify the range, extent and nature of research around the use of touchscreen tablets by people with dementia in their home environment, particularly in regards to its use as a means of supporting participation in meaningful and socially connected activity.

Methods
A review of both peer-reviewed and grey literature was undertaken across 61 databases, along with reference list checking for articles published between 2010 and 2016.

Results
Twelve articles were included in this review, predominantly from Western European cultures and community-based home environments. The studies were exploratory in nature, with the majority focusing on the development of applications for people with dementia.

Conclusions
The study identified a range of exploratory research related to the use of touchscreen tablets by people with dementia. However, there were significant gaps within this evidence base, which provide opportunities for further research using more robust methodologies. Given the ubiquitous nature of touchscreen tablets in modern communities, further research could facilitate their use as a minimally stigmatizing and culturally appropriate form of support for people with dementia.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/2055668317733382
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution non-commercial licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30109964

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