Information and Communication Technology in Implementation Research: A Territory-Wide Community-Based Dyadic Music Intervention Programme for Families with Older People with Cognitive Impairment

Daphne Sze Ki Cheung, Yuen Wah Ho, Liliane C.K. Chan, Daniel L.L. Lai, Claudia K Y Lai

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Barriers such as fragmented communication between stakeholders and inadequate support to clients, may hinder the translation of knowledge into real practice. Dyadic music intervention can reduce anxiety of people with early dementia and help them to develop closer relationships with their family caregivers. To implement the intervention programme widely in communities, information and communication technology (ICT) was used.

To examine and discuss the effectiveness of ICT in implementation research.

An effectiveness-implementation cluster randomized clinical hybrid trial was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the implementation strategies and efficacy of the intervention on clinical outcomes. Post-intervention focus-group interviews were carried out to collect views on the implementation strategies.
Three types of samples were included: (1) the family with a member who has cognitive impairment (n=101), (2) volunteers (n=125), and (3) staff members of the community centres/organizations (n=50). The ICT implementation strategies were:
1. The training and intervention materials were encrypted and uploaded to a cloud storage.
2. Establishing an instant chat group for the multi-disciplinary project team, staff members of the community centres/organizations, the users and volunteers.
3. Developing an e-logbook for volunteers.
4. Developing an electronic activity coordination system.

Six focus-group interviews were conducted. Three major themes were generated that may promote the implementation of the intervention programme in communities. The themes were: (1) Swift support from the project team, (2) The intervention materials could be retrieved easily, and (3) An informal peer support system was formed. ICT may help overcome barriers hindering the practice of the intervention, however, technological literacy of the users and security of information storage are factors that pose a challenge.

ICT empowered the staffs to put the intervention into practice, as well as facilitating the clients to practise and sustain the intervention at home to improve their health.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2020
EventThe 23rd EAFONS 2020 - Chiang Mai, Thailand, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 10 Jan 202011 Jan 2020


ConferenceThe 23rd EAFONS 2020
CityChiang Mai
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