Acceptability and feasibility of wearing activity monitors in community-dwelling older adults with dementia

Lowry, Ruth G. (2019) Acceptability and feasibility of wearing activity monitors in community-dwelling older adults with dementia. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. ISSN 0885-6230

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES:
Measuring physical activity is complicated particularly in people with dementia, where activity levels are low and subjective measures are susceptible to inaccurate recall. Activity monitors are increasingly being used within research, however, it is unclear how people with dementia view wearing such devices, and what aspects of the device effect wear time. The aim of the study was to evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of people with dementia wearing activity monitors.

METHODS:
Twenty-six, community-dwelling, people with mild dementia were asked to wear an activity monitor (GENEactiv Original) over a one-month period. Perceptions of the device were measured using the Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with assistive Technology (QUEST) 2.0, alongside qualitative interviews. Device diary and activity monitor data was used to assess compliance.

RESULTS:
Participants tended to find wearing the activity monitors acceptable, with only three participants (12%) withdrawing prior to the study end date. Participants were generally satisfied with wearing the devices as measured by the QUEST (Mdn = 4.4, IQR = 1.1). Four themes were identified that influenced perceptions of wearing the device: external influences, design, routine, and perceived benefits.

DISCUSSION:
Asking people with dementia to wear a wrist-worn activity monitor for prolonged periods appears to be both feasible and acceptable. Researchers need to consider the needs and preferences of the sample population prior to selecting activity monitors.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Acceptability and feasibility of wearing activity monitors in community-dwelling older adults with dementia, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/gps.5064 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: accelerometers; actigraph; adherence; technology; wearables. Geriatrics and Gerontology, Psychiatry and Mental health
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Ruth Lowry
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2019 14:01
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2019 16:52
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/4197

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