Tablet-based biography work in long-term care homes to support quality of life and prevent depression

  • Older adults in long-term care homes are at high risk of experiencing reduced quality of life (QoL) and depression. Technology-assisted biography work can have a positive impact on QoL and mood, but there is little research on its use with this target group. The purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of tablet-based biography work conducted by volunteers on the QoL of residents and volunteers. A pretest-posttest control group design with an intervention period of 3 months and a 3-month follow-up was used. Results show a significant increase in participation for volunteers and residents after the intervention, which is stable for residents until follow-up. Volunteers also show significant improvement in mental QoL immediately after the intervention. There were no significant effects for life satisfaction, self-esteem, or depression. No significant changes were found for the control group. Digitally conducted tablet-based biography work appears to have effects on QoL-associated outcomes.

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Author:Katharina GiordanoORCiD, Norina LauerORCiDGND, Vera Leusch, Daniel Kreiter, Sabine CorstenORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Educational Gerontology
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:London
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2023
Release Date:2023/06/30
Tag:biography work; long-term care; tablet support
GND Keyword:Biografieforschung; Senioren; Tablet PC
First Page:1
Last Page:14
Institutes:Fakultät Angewandte Sozial- und Gesundheitswissenschaften
Regensburg Center of Health Sciences and Technology - RCHST
Fakultät Angewandte Sozial- und Gesundheitswissenschaften / Labor Logopädie (LP)
research focus:Lebenswissenschaften und Ethik
Licence (German):Keine Lizenz - Es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht: § 53 UrhG