INTERDISCIPLINARY PARTNERSHIP PUSHES HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS TO CREATE SOCIAL NETWORKS
Interdisciplinary collaboration fuses minds from different learning backgrounds, allowing team members to impart valuable knowledge as reference in producing newer discoveries, just like what one PhD student did in order to improve care for dementia patients.
In an article, PhD student at Duke University Sijia Wei had teamed up with Pratt School of Engineering student and Biomedical Engineering Design Fellow Kayla Wright-Freeman to discover how to measure social networks in people living with dementia and their caregivers.
To do this, Wei and Wright-Freeman will have to measure patterns of interactions as people living with dementia engage in various aspects of their daily lives using sensors.
These devices are fitted with Bluetooth technology that users attach to their clothing, measuring social network activity by means of tracking the frequency and duration of social visits between users.
With the help of their community partners Dementia Inclusive Durham and Charles House Association, Sijia and Kayla are able to work directly with people living with dementia and their care partners.
Through the data collected on the initial project, Wei can be able to develop intervention techniques and possibly provide data to enhance well-being of those affected by dementia.
Erudite Nursing Institute™ believes in the power of interdisciplinary collaboration to develop newer discoveries that could help the society, moving new horizons for better life options.
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