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DemTab – Tablet-based outpatient care for people with dementia: Guideline-based treatment planning, personalized disease management and network-based care
In Germany, dementia care is primarily delivered by primary care (family) physicians. Where necessary, this will involve the input of specialists. However, the implementation of evidence-based diagnosis and treatment recommendations remains insufficient and inconsistent in practice, often leading to unsatisfactory levels of community-based care for people with dementia.
The DemTab project aims to develop a tablet-based intervention that will help deliver sustained improvements in the care of people living with dementia. The intervention aims to achieve the following:
- Guideline-based treatment planning for family physicians
- Personalized disease management for dementia patients
- An integrated care approach, linking people with dementia, their families/carers and various service providers
- A tablet-based information and reminder system that helps family physicians ensure that medication schedules, diagnosis and treatment are implemented in accordance with current guidelines
- A system that provides carers and family members with reminders regarding scheduled medications and medical appointments
The project will involve a total of 204 people with dementia and their family members from across the Berlin and Brandenburg areas. The project has been awarded a total of €920,000 in funding over three years.
If successful, findings from this study into a tablet-based intervention implementing guideline-compliant treatment for people with dementia may inform the future management of other diseases, such as heart failure and type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Johanna Nordheim
Institute of Medical Sociology and Rehabilitation Science
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
t: +49 30 450 529 085