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Can Technology Improve Medication Adherence in Older People with Dementia?

  • Najwan El-SaifiEmail author
  • Wendy Moyle
  • Cindy Jones
  • Haitham Tuffaha
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10898)

Abstract

Older people with dementia often depend on caregivers to manage their medications. The complexity of medication regimens in this population can impede medication adherence (i.e., taking medications as prescribed), which may compromise the effectiveness of treatment and increase the cost and burden of illness. Different technological devices have been used to improve medication adherence, however, these devices are often not evidence-based or designed with end-user involvement, thereby affecting their acceptability by people living with dementia and their caregivers. This in turn, can influence the effectiveness and uptake of such devices. This study aims to explore the challenges of medication adherence for both older people with dementia and their caregivers to guide the development of future technological solutions that can be effective, practical and sustainable.

Keywords

Medication adherence Dementia Technology Medication aids Webster packs 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Najwan El-Saifi
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Wendy Moyle
    • 1
    • 2
  • Cindy Jones
    • 1
    • 2
  • Haitham Tuffaha
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Menzies Health Institute QueenslandGriffith UniversityNathan, BrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Nursing and MidwiferyGriffith UniversityNathan, BrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Centre for Applied Health Economics, School of MedicineGriffith UniversityNathan, BrisbaneAustralia

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