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Accepted for/Published in: JMIR Aging

Date Submitted: Jun 28, 2019
Open Peer Review Period: Jul 2, 2019 - Aug 27, 2019
Date Accepted: Oct 22, 2019
Date Submitted to PubMed: May 19, 2020
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The final, peer-reviewed published version of this preprint can be found here:

Existing Mobile Phone Apps for Self-Care Management of People With Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias: Systematic Analysis

Guo Y, Yang F, Hu F, Li W, Ruggiano N, Lee HY

Existing Mobile Phone Apps for Self-Care Management of People With Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias: Systematic Analysis

JMIR Aging 2020;3(1):e15290

DOI: 10.2196/15290

PMID: 32012045

PMCID: 7007594

Systematic Analysis of Existing Smartphone Apps for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias to Support Self-Care Management

  • Yuqi Guo; 
  • Fan Yang; 
  • Fei Hu; 
  • Wei Li; 
  • Nicole Ruggiano; 
  • Hee Yun Lee; 

ABSTRACT

Background:

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/RD) are progressive neurocognitive disorders which are currently affecting approximately 50 million people worldwide. Smartphone applications (apps) have been well-integrated into daily lives and can be used to deliver and/or promote health care. There is growing use of technology to provide care and support to AD/RD patients and their families, though limited work has been done to evaluate the current state of technologies for used for supporting patients with AD/RD.

Objective:

This study aimed to review the apps designed for AD/RD patients and analyze the benefits and challenges to such technological solutions.

Methods:

A systematic approach was applied to review the availability, content/features, and quality of smartphone apps to support self-care among AD/RD patients.

Results:

Fourteen apps were included from an initial search of 245 apps. The top three features were alert (64.3%), self-care tips (42.9%), and social network capacity (35.7%). On average, the readability of the apps was 10th grade (SD = 3.06). The overall quality was 3.71 out of 5 (SD= 1.37).

Conclusions:

Our findings suggested that current available apps for AD/RD patients may not meet complex needs and may be difficult to use, given the possible impaired communication ability associated with AD/RD. Therefore, high-quality apps need to be developed and rigorously evaluated for feasibility and efficacy. Future directions of practice to support this population were discussed.


 Citation

Please cite as:

Guo Y, Yang F, Hu F, Li W, Ruggiano N, Lee HY

Systematic Analysis of Existing Smartphone Apps for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias to Support Self-Care Management

JMIR Aging. 22/10/2019:15290 (forthcoming/in press)

DOI: 10.2196/15290

URL: https://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/15290

PMID: 32012045

PMCID: 7007594

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