Promoting Informed and Shared Decisions about E-Health Solutions for Seniors with Cognitive Impairments and their Informal Caregivers (PROMISE)

Samantha Dequanter, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Mame-Awa Ndiaye, Ellen Gorus, Jessica Dion, Maaike Fobelets, Ronald Buyl

Research output: Unpublished contribution to conferencePoster


Purpose: The number of older adults with cognitive impairments such as mild cognitive impairment(MCI)/mild neurocognitive disorder (mNCD) or dementia/major neurocognitive disorder (NCD) is expected to grow tremendously worldwide. The development of technologies dedicated to health and well-being (e-Health) offers potential to support these older adults and their informal caregivers but is not always adapted to their needs and preferences. This project supports these groups in making informed choices about technologies to improve their health and well-being and to facilitate Aging in Place (AIP).

Methods: The target groups will be involved in the following overlapping research phases: (1) Qualitative study including interviews and focus groups to identify perceptions and needs towards e-Health solutions and motivators and barriers experienced towards adoption of e-Health solutions; (2) Systematic review and environmental scan of e-Health solutions that have been successfully implemented in Europe and Canada over the last five years. Reliable evidence concerning the benefits and risks associated with these technologies will be summarized; (3) Development of a web-based decision support tool that considers the perspectives of the target groups in decision-making about using these e-Health solutions.

Results: The qualitative study, the systematic review and the environmental scan are ongoing and preliminary findings will be presented. Several team meetings were already held to discuss ideas regarding the design, dissemination and sustainability of the future decision support tool.

Conclusion: Innovative e-Health solutions are potentially useful for policymakers to successfully implement Aging in Place in older adults with cognitive impairments. The expected results of this project are likely to lead to better decision making about these solutions. By considering the specific end-user needs and preferences this project will ultimately lead to improved health, well-being and Aging in Place.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2019
EventBVGG-SBGG Winter Meeting 2019 - Oostende, Oostende, Belgium
Duration: 22 Feb 201923 Feb 2019


ConferenceBVGG-SBGG Winter Meeting 2019


  • e-Health
  • ICT adoption
  • Gerontechnology
  • Caregivers
  • qualitative research
  • interview
  • focus group
  • environmental scan
  • systematic review
  • Decision Support


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