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Providing tailored ICT-support to individuals with suspected or early dementia in their home and to their health professionals

Research project The purpose of the project is to synthesize methods, instruments and knowledge for providing computer-based and tailored support to professionals meeting dementia patients in their daily work.

The project extends the earlier Swedish Brainpower-funded project DMSS (Dementia Management and Support System), by shifting the knowledge modeling and management task from knowledge engineers and programmers to domain professionals. The purpose is to explore to what extent an “intelligent” repository of dementia-related knowledge can be created by domain professionals that can grow and develop as professionals contribute with knowledge – a repository of Living Dementia Knowledge.

Head of project

Project overview

Project period:

2010-07-01 2015-06-30

Funding

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation/Swedish Brainpower, 1.360.000 kr.

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Computing Science

Research subject

Computing science

Project description

A particular focus will be on cross-cultural collaborative knowledge modeling of clinical guidelines (e.g. the national guidelines) and various assessment instruments, using state-of-the-art technology. Furthermore, a particular focus is on user-driven interaction design of the resulting applications.

This is done initially by mapping the knowledge content of DMSS to an ACKTUS repository and using the ACKTUS editors for validating the knowledge content. Currently, the content is re-modeled and extended with new material for local needs by additional domain professionals. This project is the first to use ACKTUS (Activity-Centered Knowledge modelling Tailored to Users) as research infrastructure, developed by the research group Interactive Intelligent Systems.

Since the interaction design is essential of how the end user may access, interact with and benefit from the knowledge, this is also transferred to the domain professionals to a certain extent. In this project we will explore how the domain professionals create interactive knowledge-based applications for the purpose to increase end users' knowledge and skills in assessing dementia diseases.

A participatory action research methodology is applied.