The number of people living with dementia will continue to grow over the coming decades and is already putting pressure on health and care systems and on costs. By making greater use of technology it may be possible to contain costs and improve outcomes for people with dementia. PIRU was asked to examine the economic case for investing in technology that could lead to savings on the overall cost of care for people with dementia.
Our study had the following aims:
- To conduct a rapid review of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of technology in the care and support of people with dementia and/or their unpaid family and other carers.
- To review the necessary conditions for the adoption of available technology, including the quality of the assessment that enables proper matching of technology-based services with needs and preferences.
- To liaise with experts to understand the state of development of new technology for care and support in dementia.
- To engage with people with dementia, carers and their representatives, in order to understand their views on the use of technology in dementia care and support.
- To examine the economic case in the UK for the use of technology in the care and support of people with dementia and/or their carers.
- To examine barriers to the wider use of technology.
The review covered digital, robotic and other technologies.
Our methods included: literature reviews; interviews with experts in academia, government, industry and the third sector; interviews with carers; a review of publicly available material on the use of technology by people with dementia (e.g. blogs); and economic modelling.