DOI: 10.34172/jcs.2023.30679 ISSN:

A Mobile Application to Assist Alzheimer’s Caregivers During COVID-19 Pandemic: Development and Evaluation

Parastoo Amiri, Maryam Gholipour, Sadrieh Hajesmaeel-Gohari, Kambiz Bahaadinbeigy
  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • General Nursing
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

Introduction: Access to healthcare services for patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) was limited during the COVID-19 pandemic. A mobile application (app) can help overcome this limitation for patients and caregivers. Our study aims to develop and evaluate an app to help caregivers of patients with AD during COVID-19. Methods: The study was performed in three steps. First, a questionnaire of features required for the app design was prepared based on the interviews with caregivers of AD patients and neurologists. Then, questionnaire was provided to neurologists, medical informatics, and health information management specialists to identify the final features. Second, the app was designed using the information obtained from the previous phase. Third, the quality of the app and the level of user satisfaction were evaluated using the mobile app rating scale (MARS) and the questionnaire for user interface satisfaction (QUIS), respectively. Results: The number of 41 data elements in four groups (patient’s profile, COVID-19 management and control, AD management and control, and program functions) were identified for designing the app. The quality evaluation of the app based on MARS and user satisfaction evaluation based on QUIS showed the app was good. Conclusion: This is the first study that focused on developing and evaluating a mobile app for assisting Alzheimer’s caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the app was designed based on users’ needs and covered both information about AD and COVID-19, it can help caregivers perform their tasks more efficiently.

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