Best Practice Guidance
Human Interaction with Technology in Dementia


Evaluating the effectiveness of specific contemporary technology

The rapid growth of the technological landscape and related new services have the potential to improve the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health and social services and facilitate social participation and engagement in activities. But which technology is effective and how is this evaluated best? This section provides recommendations to evaluate the effectiveness of technology in daily life, meaningful activities and healthcare services as well as of technologies aimed to promote the Social Health of people with dementia. Examples of useful technologies in some of these areas are provided.
Health care technologies

Further implementation of effective Internet-based carer training programmes recommended

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Internet training programmes for family carers have potential to increase carers’ well-being, to reduce distress, depression and anxiety symptoms and to increase knowledge skills.

Explanation and example

A systematic review (Egan et al. 2018) about online training programmes for family carers reported on two studies in which improvements in depression symptoms were demonstrated, two studies with overall improvements in anxiety and two studies showing reduction of stress symptoms. Good examples of informative websites and internet training programmes for family carers are ‘Mastery over Dementia’, iSupport, ‘iCARE: Stress management eTraining programme’ and the STAR E-Learning course.

Type of evidence

Ángel C. Pinto Bruno (INDUCT ESR14)

Systematic literature review


Egan, K. J., Pinto-Bruno, A. C., Bighelli, I., Berg-Weger, M., van Straten, A., Albanese, E., & Pot, A. M. (2018). Online Training and Support Programs Designed to Improve Mental Health and Reduce Burden Among Caregivers of People With Dementia: A Systematic Review. J Am Med Dir Assoc, 19(3), 200-206.e201.

See also

Call for research on online training programs for carers’ mechanisms of change to increase the quality of online training for families of people with dementia

Increase family carers’ awareness about the use and benefits of online interventions

Useful links

Star E-Learning website

Mastery over Dementia website (in Dutch)

iSupport website

iCare website