A pilot study to explore healthcare professionals’ perception of using a web-based reminiscence therapy to support dementia care during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
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Introduction: Reminiscence therapy (RT) is the most common non-pharmacological treatment for dementia care. The therapy stimulates the senses to evoke memories and may reduce Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). Digital RT, such as web-based (WBRT), has the potential to support dementia care and reduce the caregiving burden. This study aimed to explore HCPs' perceptions of utilizing WBRT in institutionalized settings to manage BPSD during the COVID-19. Method: A qualitative phenomenological descriptive study was adopted and guided by Graham’s Knowledge to Action framework. An online training on the use of WBRT was conducted, followed by qualitative interviews with HCPs. Results: Four major themes were identified on the potential use of WBRT in dementia care, including usability and efficacy, impact on caregiving, capability of reducing BPSD, and. feasibility during COVID-19 social distancing. Conclusion: The knowledge generated from this study will guide the future application of WBRT to support dementia care in diverse healthcare settings.