Feasibility study of the integrated circuit tag monitoring system for dementia residents in Japan.

Mie Prefectural College of Nursing, Japan.
American Journal of Alzheimer s Disease and Other Dementias (Impact Factor: 1.43). 04/2007; 22(2):129-36.
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ABSTRACT Videotaping, direct observation, and biomechanical devices have been used to measure the wandering behavior of institutionalized people with dementia and to identify patterns of movement. Owing to technical limitations, the variability in movement patterns or the distance traveled could not be examined. The present study examined the feasibility of an integrated circuit tag monitoring system to monitor the movement patterns of Japanese dementia residents. This system generated the following data: the frequency of detection by each receiver, the duration of stay in each location, the cumulative distance walked per day, and the graphic display of the movement pattern. This new system offers objective measurements of ambulation in time and space, which can be used to characterize demented patients and to evaluate the effects of treatment and care.

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