Telehealth for “the Digital Illiterate”: Elderly Heart Failure Patients’ Experiences
2014 (English)In: eHealth – For Continuity of Care: Proceedings of MIE2014 / [ed] Lovis, C., Séroussi, B., Hasman, A., Pape-Haugaard, L., Saka, O., Andersen, S.K., Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press, 2014, Vol. 205, 353-357 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Telehealth solutions should be available also for elderly patients with nointerest in using, or capacity to use, computers and smartphones. Fourteen elderly,severely ill heart failure patients in home care participated in a telehealth study andused digital pens for daily reporting of their health state—a technology never usedbefore by this patient group. After the study seven patients and two spouses wereinterviewed face-to-face. A qualitative content analysis of the interview materialwas performed. The informants had no experience of computers or the Internet andno interest in learning. Still, patients found the digital pen and the health diaryform easy to use, thus effortlessly adopting to changes in care provision. Theyexperienced an improved contact with the caregivers and had a sense of increasedsecurity despite a multimorbid state. Our study shows that, given that technologiesare tailored to specific patient groups, even “the digital illiterate” may use theInternet.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press, 2014. Vol. 205, 353-357 p.
, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, ISSN 0926-9630 (print), 1879-8365 (online)
Telemedicine, digital pen, heart failure, home care services
Other Medical Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-128902DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-432-9-353PubMedID: 25160205ISBN: 978-1-61499-431-2ISBN: 978-1-61499-432-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-128902DiVA: diva2:933753
25th European Medical Informatics Conference (MIE2014), Istanbul, Turkey, August 31 - September 3, 2014