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AJOT CE: Everyday Technology Use Related to Activity Involvement Among People in Cognitive Decline
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Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2017

Basic Member Price
Non-Member Price: $24.99

Product Overview

Earn CE Credit With AJOT Articles!

Learn about tested treatment strategies by reading AJOT articles in your area of practice. Become an evidence-based practitioner and demonstrate your knowledge by passing the course exam.  Articles have been selected for their relevance to practice, fresh ideas, and strong evidence supporting treatment and the distinct value of OT.

Credit: .1 CEUs (1.25 NBCOT PDU’s/1 contact hour)


Annicka Hedman, PhD, OT Reg, is Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Occupational Therapy, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Sweden.

Louise Nyga°rd, PhD, OT Reg, is Professor, Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Sweden.

Anders Kottorp, PhD, OT Reg, is Associate Professor, Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Sweden, and Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago


OBJECTIVE. We investigated how everyday technology use related to activity involvement over 5 yr in people with mild cognitive impairment.

METHOD. Thirty-seven older adults with mild cognitive impairment were evaluated regarding everyday technology use and involvement in activities over time. Information on diagnostic changes was collected from medical files. Linear mixed-effects models were used in data analysis.

RESULTS. Ability to use everyday technology showed a significant effect on activity involvement (p 5.007) beyond the effects of time, diagnostic change, and age. Decreases in number of everyday technologies used (p < .001) and share of accessible and relevant everyday technologies used (p 5 .04) were associated with decreasing activity involvement. However, these two aspects did not reinforce each other.

CONCLUSION. When monitoring activity involvement in clients with cognitive decline, health care professionals should take into account clients’ ability to use everyday technologies and the amount of everyday technologies they use.

Learning Objectives

Following this course, the learner will be able to:

1)      List examples of everyday technology used by older adults

2)      Discuss implications of mild cognitive impairment in the older population, effects on everyday technology use, occupational participation and costs to society

3)      Describe the relationship of everyday technology use to activity involvement for individuals with mild cognitive impairment and implications for occupational therapy practice

Reference Information:

Hedman, A., Nyga°rd, L., & Kottorp, A. (2017). Everyday technology use related to activity involvement among people in cognitive decline. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71, 7105190040. ajot.2017.027003

Exam questions for this course authored by Marie Morreale, OTR/L, CHT

Learning Level: Advanced

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants

Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of OT; Category 2: OT Process: Intervention

CE Find Key Words:  Mild cognitive impairment, technology, cognitive decline