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People affected by dementia had mixed experiences of using technology during COVID-19
  1. Danielle Pessoa Lima1,2,
  2. Isabele Dantas Rosa2
  1. 1 Faculdade de Medicina, Centro de Ciências da Saúde, Universidade de Fortaleza, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
  2. 2 Serviço de Geriatria, Departamento de Clínica Médica, Hospital Universitário Walter Cantídio, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to Dr Danielle Pessoa Lima, Centro de Ciências da Saúde, Universidade de Fortaleza, Fortaleza, 60811-905, CE, Brazil; dra.daniellelima{at}

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Commentary on: Chirico I, Giebel C, Lion K, Mackowiak M, Chattat R, Cations M, Gabbay M, Moyle W, Pappadà A, Rymaszewska J, Senczyszyn A, Szczesniak D, Tetlow H, Trypka E, Valente M, Ottoboni G. Use of technology by people with dementia and informal carers during COVID-19: A cross-country comparison. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2022 Sep;37(9). doi: 10.1002/gps.5801.

Implications for practice and research

  • Consider patient and caregiver preferences for using technology.

  • Offer training on the use of technology.

  • Provide the most suitable schedule for caregivers.

  • More multicentre randomised controlled trials are needed to assess the feasibility of telehealth in different stages of dementia.


The COVID-19 pandemic brought to light the need to adopt technology in healthcare systems worldwide due to the need for physical distancing and isolation measures, especially in the older adult group.1 2 Several studies have been …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.