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Personal digital assistants as point-of-care tools in long-term care facilities: A pilot study


Qadri, Syeda S., Wang, Jia, Ruiz, Jorge G., Roos, Bernard A.


Educational Gerontology, Volume: 35, No.: 4, Pages.: 294-305

Year of Publication



This study used both survey and interview questionnaires. It was designed to assess the feasibility, usability, and utility of two point-of- care tools especially prepared with information relevant for dementia care by staff nurses in a small, a medium-sized, and a large nursing home in Florida. Twenty-five LPN or RN nurses were recruited for the study of their use of one of the tools—either a set of pocket cards (used by the control group) or a pocket PC (used by the experimental group). The findings of our study indicate that personal digital assistants (PDAs) can potentially improve long-term care clinicians’ effectiveness and efficiency at work, resulting in better patient care for nursing home residents. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)

Bibtex Citation

@article{Qadri_2009, doi = {10.1080/03601270802467049}, url = {}, year = 2009, month = {mar}, publisher = {Informa {UK} Limited}, volume = {35}, number = {4}, pages = {296--307}, author = {Syeda S. Qadri and Jia Wang and Jorge G. Ruiz and Bernard A. Roos}, title = {Personal Digital Assistants as Point-of-Care Tools in Long-Term Care Facilities: A Pilot Study}, journal = {Educational Gerontology} }


computer peripheral devices, dementia, dementia patient care, effectiveness, health care delivery, long term care, longterm care clinicians, nurses, personal digital assistants, pointofcare tools, quality of care

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Non randomised controlled trial

Type of Outcomes

Other carer outcomes (e.g. financial burden and more)


Nursing Homes

Type of Interventions

Technology (telephone, telecare, telehealth, robots, GPS), Workforce oriented interventions

Workforce Interventions

Professional Training / Continuing Professional Development