Call for Master’s Thesis: Impact of digital assistive technologies on the quality of life for people living with dementia
As the prevalence of dementia continues to grow, researchers globally are racing to find a cure for Alzheimer’s and to slow the decline in mental cognitive abilities. The impacts of COVID-19 measures and regulations, in particular, had detrimental effects on people living with dementia and their caregiving team (i.e., isolation requirements triggering behavioral and psychological symptoms, discriminatory ICU triage policies, etc.). However, it has also brought digital health technologies at the forefront, highlighting their potential to provide services and support to individuals in many different settings. While digital assistive technologies have been around for many years before COVID-19, there has been rising interest in the impact they can have on people living with dementia in everyday living. Research has also shown the potential of these technologies to reduce carer burden and improve carer health.
To fully understand the growing field of digital assistive technologies for dementia, the Master’s student would be expected to conduct a thorough literature search in the form of a scoping review using multiple scientific databases (i.e., Pubmed, ScienceDirect, JSTOR, etc.). The aim would be to determine the impacts of digital assistive technologies on the quality of life for people with dementia, their family, and caregivers.
Start: Anytime, as soon as possible
Methodology: Scoping review
Duration: 6 months (or to be discussed)
Co-supervisors: Rasita Vinay & Prof. Dr. Tobias Kowatsch
Interested students are invited to send an email with their CV and transcript of records to Tobias Kowatsch via firstname.lastname@example.org.