Observational study to explore predictors and use of remote telecare

Authors Ansam Barakat, Thijs van Houwelingen, Angelo Antonietti, Helianthe Kort
Published in Assistive Technology Research Series
Publication date 2013
Type Lecture


Introduction: The demand for care is increasing, whereas the number of people working in professional care is decreasing. Remote Telecare (RT) technology can help to meet the growing demand for care. The purpose of this observational study was to explore the main skills barriers for using RT by healthcare professionals and older adults. Methods: Observation at location, using a standardized observation list for the nurses working in home care organizations and older adults. A comparison was made between nurses/older adults already using RT and nurses/older adults who do not use RT. 22 tasks were conducted to test the skills of nurses and 27 to test the skills of older adults(scale 1to 10). For the statistical analysis the Mann-Whitney U Test was used. Results: 16 nurses and 18 older adults participated. 50% of the nurses and 40% of the older adults already used RT. For nurses, the average of all constructed domains was higher than 8.0. Older adults scored on average a 7.0 or higher for computer use, e-mail and digital navigation. The average of Mobile phone use and TV use was lower. With regard to RT use, only nurses showed significant differences between RT users groups. Conclusion: Digital navigation and advanced computer skills could increase the adaptation/ease of use of RT for nurses. With respect to older adults, ‘Interest in ICT’ appears to be a predictor for the use of RT. The results in this study concern an observational study with a small number of participants. Therefore, the findings should be interpreted with caution

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Language English
Published in Assistive Technology Research Series
Page range 1217-1222