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Older People Using e-Health Services—Exploring Frequency of Use and Associations with Perceived Benefits for Spouse Caregivers
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Nursing Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1428-1950
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Nursing Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3907-2197
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information and Communication systems. the Association of Local Authorities FoU Västernorrland - the Association of Local Authorities in Västernorrland.
2016 (English)In: Informatics, ISSN 2227-9709, Vol. 3, no 3, 15Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

ICT, information- and communication technologies, and e-health services are essential for meeting future care demands. Greater knowledge regarding the implementation of e-health services in long-term care for older people is needed. The purpose of the study was to explore older people’s use of e-health services and associations between frequency of use and perceived benefits. In the longitudinal comparative intervention study (n = 65), intervention group participants (n = 42) used an e-health service for 1.5 years. A control group (n = 23) used similar services provided in a traditional manner. Data was collected through questionnaires and analyzed using linear and logistic regressions. Although general use of the Internet was similar in both groups, the e-health group perceived significantly higher benefits. The component information- and education programs, developed specifically for the e-health service, had the highest association with benefits. Conclusion: e-health services targeted at supporting older people who care for a spouse at home can provide benefits which most likely will not be obtained without participation in an organized e-service. Care professionals play an essential role in encouraging spouse caregivers to become e-service users. Keywords: e-health; spouse caregiver; caregiver support; independence; frequency of use; benefits

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Basel: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute , 2016. Vol. 3, no 3, 15
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e-health; spouse caregiver; caregiver support; independence; frequency of use; benefits
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-29119DOI: 10.3390/informatics3030015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-29119DiVA: diva2:1038485
Available from: 2016-10-18 Created: 2016-10-18 Last updated: 2016-10-28Bibliographically approved

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