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Characteristics of a successful collaboration in evaluation of a health care innovation: lessons learned from GPS locator technology for dementia clients

Authors Juzwishin D, Mueen M, Miguel Cruz A, Ruptash T, Barnard S, Sebastianski M, Esmail R, Liu L

Received 15 October 2016

Accepted for publication 8 February 2017

Published 3 March 2017 Volume 2017:4 Pages 1—8


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Rubin Pillay

Don Juzwishin,1 Madiha Mueen,2 Antonio Miguel Cruz,3,4 Tracy Ruptash,5 Shannon Barnard,6 Meghan Sebastianski,1 Rosmin Esmail,7 Lili Liu4

1Health Technology Assessment and Innovation, Alberta Health Services, 2Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada; 3School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá D.C., Colombia; 4Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Edmonton, 5Continuing Care Special Initiatives, Seniors Health, Community, Seniors, Addiction and Mental Health, Alberta Health Services, Grande Prairie, AB, 6Integrated Home Care, Alberta Health Services, 7Health Technology Assessment and Adoption, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, AB, Canada

Abstract: Becoming lost or its risk is a problem for dementia clients, their families and caregivers. The purpose of the paper is to describe, analyze and share lessons from a pilot project to use global positioning system devices to manage the risk of becoming lost and, at the same time, maintaining client autonomy. The study informs technology implementation approaches and strategies for innovative health technologies. The project used a prospective mixed-methods approach including a pre and post paper-based questionnaire, focus groups and individual interviews. Technology uptake was examined post knowledge transfer using the After Action Review method, which has shown utility in military and health care settings. Project successes and weaknesses are identified to inform future approaches of innovative health technology pilot projects. Lessons from the pilot emphasize the need for innovators to understand the multifaceted context they are entering, enlist the support of leaders, dedicate a project lead, support autonomous decision making and problem solving, meet regularly to monitor progress and address issues and support peer-to-peer collaboration.

Keywords: evaluation, innovation, GPS, technology, adoption

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