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Workshop EviDem

Evidence based IT-innovations for People with Dementia: Sharing Expertise & Best Practices in the Quest for Research Methods and Outcome Criteria

ProMemo provides a workshop for eTelemed, the Ninth International Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine, March 19 - 23, 2017.

More about the conference

Date of the workshop: March 21, 2017

Workshop (Co-)Chairs

  • Marike Hettinga, Chair Research Group IT innovations in Health Care, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences,  Zwolle, the Netherlands
  • Elles Gyaltsen-Lohuis, Senior Researcher IT innovations in Health Care, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Zwolle, the Netherlands
  • Marijke Span, Chair ProMemo Expertise Centre on Dementia for Care Professionals, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Zwolle, the Netherlands

Program Committee members


Providing evidence for the added value of IT-innovations in health care often is quite a challenge. Randomised Controlled Trials, the golden standard in health care, usually do not apply. Hence, researchers aim for other methods which sometimes can be quite a quest. When the target group of the IT-innovation consists of people with dementia, this quest is even more challenging. Which outcome criteria are relevant and how do we measure them? When do we choose qualitative methods and when quantitative? Who do we provide the research data for and how is this affecting the chosen outcome criteria and methods? E.g. patients, their informal carers, care organisations, or health care insurance companies: they all tend to be convinced by different types of evidence. How do we guarantee the peace of mind of the respondents: to what extend do we want to, or have to, stay unobtrusive? Etc.

In this workshop (half or full day) we would like to share expertise and best practices on these questions. This workshop therefore has an interactive nature. Oral presentations of papers are limited to 5 - 10 minutes per paper (depending on the number of submissions) to guarantee maximum time for interaction. The sharing of expertise will be organised per topic. Topics will be decided on by the chairs, highly based on the submitted papers. Participants are requested to suggest topics, questions, best practices, etc.

Call for Position Papers

Participants are required to submit a position paper in which they elaborate on the above topic and questions. This position paper should be maximum two pages of length In your position paper, please include:

  • your current, past, and/or future research concerning IT-innovations for people with dementia
  • your best practices concerning this research
  • the questions and challenges you met when performing this research
  • the topics and questions you would like to discuss and elaborate on during the workshop

Submission Guidelines

Be advised to carefully follow the editorial rules of the eTelemed CfP.
NB: The only Contribution Type for this workshop is the extended abstract. Accepted position papers will be published in the conference proceedings and will be included in the digital library.

To submit a contribution: go to, and select EVIDEM, as Main Topic

Important deadlines

Inform the Chair   As soon as you decided to contribute 
Submission       January 15, 2017 January 30, 2017
Notification with comments for camera-ready February 05, 2017 February 15, 2017
Registration       February 20, 2017 March 01, 2017
Camera ready  February 25, 2017 March 01, 2017


Each accepted paper needs at least one full registration, before the camera-ready manuscript can be included in the proceedings.
Registration fees are available at

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