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The provision of assistive technology products and services for people with dementia in the United Kingdom

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Grant Gibson, Dr Lisa Newton, Dr Gary Pritchard, Dr Tracy Finch, Dr Katie Brittain, Professor Dame Louise Robinson



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In this review we explore the provision of assistive technology products and services currently available for people with dementia within the United Kingdom. A scoping review of assistive technology products and services currently available highlighted 171 products or product types and 331 services. In addition, we assimilated data on the amount and quality of information provided by assistive technology services alongside assistive technology costs. We identify a range of products available across three areas: assistive technology used by', with' and on' people with dementia. Assistive technology provision is dominated by telecare' provided by local authorities, with services being subject to major variations in pricing and information provision; few currently used available resources for assistive technology in dementia. We argue that greater attention should be paid to information provision about assistive technology services across an increasingly mixed economy of dementia care providers, including primary care, local authorities, private companies and local/national assistive technology resources.

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Author(s): Gibson G, Newton L, Pritchard G, Finch T, Brittain K, Robinson L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Dementia

Year: 2016

Volume: 15

Issue: 4

Pages: 681-701

Print publication date: 01/07/2016

Online publication date: 05/05/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Date deposited: 13/09/2016

ISSN (print): 1471-3012

ISSN (electronic): 1741-2684

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/1471301214532643


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Funder referenceFunder name
1466National Institute for Health Research
EP/I030247/1Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
NIHR-RP-011-043Department of Health
NIHR-RP-011-043National Institute for Health Research