Designing Multidimensional Assessment of ICTs for Elderly People: The UNCAP Clinical Study Protocol
The elder with mild or moderate cognitive impairment (MMCI) suffers from progressive cognitive decline with increasing difficulties in performing activities of daily living. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Healthcare can provide solutions to relief the caregivers’ burden and to support the elder in maintaining dignity and independence. The UNCAP European project aimed at developing and testing a bundle of hardware and software technologies able to fit the individual needs of the elder with MMCI and his/her formal and informal caregivers. A multicenter clinical investigation was designed for assessing improvements in the quality of life of all users (elderly with MMCI and their caregivers) and the impact on the use of resources for care. Six pilot sites in Italy were involved in this clinical investigation. A complex set of assessment tools allowed exploring a wide range of dimensions and to extract common indicators and outcomes in accordance to the assessment dimensions required by the Health Technology Assessment approach.
KeywordsClinical investigation Healthy aging ICT Health technology assessment
The UNCAP project and the research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme—Societal Challenge 1 (DG CONNECT/H) under grant agreement No 643555.
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