Open access The case for investment in technology to manage the global costs of dementia

Martin Knapp, James Barlow, Adelina Comas-Herrera, Jacqueline Damant, Paul Freddolino, Kate Hamblin, Bo Hu, Klara Lorenz, Margaret Perkins, Amritpal Rehill, Raphael Wittenberg, John Woolham (2015)

Please note: this is a legacy publication from CPEC (formely PSSRU at LSE).

Available online: 25 April 2016

Worldwide growth in the number of people living with dementia will continue over the coming decades and is already putting pressure on health and care systems, both formal and informal, and on costs, both public and private. One response could be to make greater use of digital and other technologies to try to improve outcomes and contain costs. PIRU researchers were commissioned to examine the economic case for accelerated investment in technology that could, over time, deliver savings on the overall cost of care for people with dementia.

The short study included a rapid review of international evidence on effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of technology, consideration of the conditions for its successful adoption, and liaison with people from industry, government, academic, third sector and other sectors, and people with dementia and carers. The team used modelling analyses to examine the economic case, using the UK as context. They then discussed the roles that state investment or action could play, perhaps to accelerate use of technology so as to deliver both wellbeing and economic benefits.