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Feasibility of an Intervention for Patients with Cognitive Impairment Using an Interactive Digital Calendar with Mobile Phone Reminders (RemindMe) to Improve the Performance of Activities in Everyday Life

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Department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences, Linköping University, 601 74 Norrköping, Sweden
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Department of Special Education, Stockholm University, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
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Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Danderyd University Hospital, 182 88 Stockholm, Sweden
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The Swedish Institute for Disability Research and The Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, 581 83 Linköping, Sweden
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(7), 2222; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072222 (registering DOI)
Received: 16 March 2020 / Accepted: 23 March 2020 / Published: 26 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Assistive Technologies for Children, Young People and Adults)
The aim of this study is to increase evidence-based interventions by investigating the feasibility of an intervention using an interactive digital calendar with mobile phone reminders (RemindMe) as support in everyday life. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected from participating patients (n = 8) and occupational therapists (n = 7) from three rehabilitation clinics in Sweden. The intervention consisted of delivering the interactive digital calendar RemindMe, receiving an individualized introduction, a written manual, and individual weekly conversations for two months with follow-up assessments after two and four months. Feasibility areas of acceptability, demand, implementation, practicality, and integration were examined. Patients expressed their interest and intention to use RemindMe and reported a need for reminders and individualized support. By using reminders in activities in everyday life their autonomy was supported. The study also demonstrated the importance of confirming reminders and the possible role of habit-forming. Occupational therapists perceived the intervention to be useful at the rehabilitation clinics and the weekly support conversations enabled successful implementation. This study confirmed the importance of basing and tailoring the intervention to patients’ needs and thus being person-centered. View Full-Text
Keywords: acquired brain injury; assistive technology; occupational therapy; rehabilitation; smartphone; stroke acquired brain injury; assistive technology; occupational therapy; rehabilitation; smartphone; stroke
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Andreassen, M.; Hemmingsson, H.; Boman, I.-L.; Danielsson, H.; Jaarsma, T. Feasibility of an Intervention for Patients with Cognitive Impairment Using an Interactive Digital Calendar with Mobile Phone Reminders (RemindMe) to Improve the Performance of Activities in Everyday Life. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2222.

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