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Persons with Alzheimer’s disease make phone calls independently using a computer-aided telephone system


Perilli, Viviana, Lancioni, Giulio E., Singh, Nirbhay N., O’Reilly, Mark F., Sigafoos, Jeff, Cassano, Germana, Cordiano, Noemi, Pinto, Katia, Minervini, Mauro G., Oliva, Doretta


Research In Developmental Disabilities, Volume: 33, No.: 4, Pages.: 1014-1020

Year of Publication



This study assessed whether four patients with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease could make independent phone calls via a computer-aided telephone system. The study was carried out according to a non-concurrent multiple baseline design across participants. All participants started with baseline during which the telephone system was not available, and continued with intervention in which such system was used. It involved a net-book computer provided with specific software, a global system for mobile communication modem (GSM), a microswitch, and photos of the persons available for the phone calls. All participants learned to use the system and made phone calls independently to a variety of partners such as family members, friends and staff personnel. The positive implications of the system were discussed in relation to previous data in this area and the possibility of helping persons with Alzheimer’s disease restore an important, instrumental daily ability and engage in communication with distant partners.; Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Bibtex Citation

@article{Perilli_2012, doi = {10.1016/j.ridd.2012.01.007}, url = {}, year = 2012, month = {jul}, publisher = {Elsevier {BV}}, volume = {33}, number = {4}, pages = {1014--1020}, author = {Viviana Perilli and Giulio E. Lancioni and Nirbhay N. Singh and Mark F. O'Reilly and Jeff Sigafoos and Germana Cassano and Noemi Cordiano and Katia Pinto and Mauro G. Minervini and Doretta Oliva}, title = {Persons with Alzheimer{textquotesingle}s disease make phone calls independently using a computer-aided telephone system}, journal = {Research in Developmental Disabilities} }


activities of daily living, aged, aged, 80 and over, alzheimer disease, communication, communication aids for disabled, computer communication networks, female, humans, instrumentation, rehabilitation, telephone

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease

Types of Study

Cohort Study

Type of Outcomes


Type of Interventions

Technology (telephone, telecare, telehealth, robots, GPS)

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Adult safeguarding and abuse detection/prevention


Technology – social media, online support, communication