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A Survey of Mobile Apps for the Care Management of Patients with Dementia

by 1,2, 1,3,4 and 2,*
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An Nan Hospital, China Medical University, Taichung 40402, Taiwan
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Department of Nursing, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung 40447, Taiwan
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Institute of Clinical Medical Science, China Medical University, Taichung 40402, Taiwan
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Department of Psychiatry, Brain Disease Research Center, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung 40447, Taiwan
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Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Daniele Giansanti
Healthcare 2022, 10(7), 1173; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10071173
Received: 14 May 2022 / Revised: 18 June 2022 / Accepted: 21 June 2022 / Published: 23 June 2022
Objective: Dementia is a progressive neurocognitive disorder that currently affects approximately 50 million people globally and causes a heavy burden for their families and societies. This study analyzed mobile apps for dementia care in different languages and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: We searched PubMed, Cochrane Collaboration Central Register of Con-trolled Clinical Trials, Cochrane Systematic Reviews, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, and Huawei App Store for mobile applications for dementia care. The Mobile Application Rating Scale (MARS) was used to assess the quality of applications. Results: We included 99 apps for dementia care. No significant difference in MARS scores was noted between the two language apps (Overall MARS: English: 3.576 ± 0.580, Chinese: 3.569 ± 0.746, p = 0.962). In the subscale analysis, English apps had higher scores of perceived impact than Chinese apps but these were not significant (2.654 ± 1.372 vs. 2.000 ± 1.057, p = 0.061). (2) Applications during the COVID-19 pandemic had higher MARS scores than those before the COVID-19 pandemic but these were not significant (during the COVID-19 pandemic: 3.722 ± 0.416; before: 3.699 ± 0.615, p = 0.299). In the sub-scale analysis, apps during the COVID-19 pandemic had higher scores of engagement than apps before the COVID-19 pandemic but these were not significant (3.117 ± 0.594 vs. 2.698 ± 0.716, p = 0.068). Conclusions: Our results revealed that there is a minor but nonsignificant difference between different languages and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Further cooperation among dementia professionals, technology experts, and caregivers is warranted to provide evidence-based and user-friendly information to meet the needs of users. View Full-Text
Keywords: cognitive impairment; caregivers; apps cognitive impairment; caregivers; apps
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