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BMC Public Health

, 14:736

Health behavior, health promotion and society


BackgroundTo cope with the upcoming demographic change, economic efforts in the European Union are undertaken to promote activities in research and development of Ambient Assisted Living AAL solutions. As a result, a large variety of AAL products will be available in the next years. Only very few of these products are comprehensively evaluated regarding different aspects of quality of life in the target population. The aim of this study is to examine the effects of AAL on quality of life, health and technology acceptance of people at advanced age living in assisted living homes providing them the ModuLAAr Ambient Assisted Living system.

Methods-DesignA treatment group of adults aged 60 years and older will be recruited within the participating assisted living homes. At baseline, the participating volunteers will report on quality of life, subjective health and sociodemographic conditions. After system installation, prospective follow-up 1, 4, 12 and 18 months with additional reporting on technology acceptance and usability of the system will be conducted. Mixed methods data collection, linking quantitative data to interview-gathered qualitative data will be applied. Primary outcome measure will be the change in quality of life and subjective health across study duration.

DiscussionAs there is currently very little evidence that AAL solutions can contribute to improved health and the particular dimensions of quality of life in elderly persons, there is a need to assess these technologies and services more carefully. This field trial seeks to investigate the most relevant aspects connected to advanced information and communication technologies and their impact on daily life of residents in assisted living conditions.

Trial registrationClinicalTrials.gov: NCT02130102.

KeywordsAmbient assisted living Quality of life Evaluation Independent living Assistive technologies Information and communication technology Usability Technology acceptance AbbreviationsAP1Assessment point1

AP2Assessment point2

AP3Assessment point3

AP4Assessment point4

AALAmbient Assisted Living-Active and Assisted living

AALJPAmbient Assisted Living Joint Program BA1, Baseline assessment point 1

BA2Baseline assessment point 2

BMVITAustrian Federal Ministry for Transportation, Innovation and Technology

FFGAustrian Research Promotion Agency

ICTInformation and communication technology

MMSEMini mental state examination

NFCNear Field Communication

TAEGFragebogen zur Technikaffinität-Questionnaire for affinity to technologies

TAMTechnology acceptance model

QoLQuality of Live

WHOQOLWorld Health Organization Quality of Life.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2458-14-736 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Christian Siegel - Barbara Prazak-Aram - Johannes Kropf - Michael Kundi - Thomas Dorner

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/

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