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The result from a two-year case study of an information and communication technology support system for family caregivers
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Systems Safety and Management.
2013 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, ISSN 1748-3107Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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AbstractPurpose: The aim was to better understand how information and communication technology(ICT) can provide support to elderly family caregivers caring for significant others suffering from dementia or stroke. Method: Ten households equipped with an ICT system, with a family caregiver and a spouse diagnosed with dementia or stroke, were followed and observed in a two-year case study. The family caregivers had regular meetings in groups organised by the municipal care of the elderly. Data from observations, semi-structured interviews, user data from the ICT system and data about the support provided by the municipality has been used to validate the findings. Results: The family caregivers socialised with users in the group as long as the users were stayed in the group. Meetings in the group were an important opportunity for exchanging experiences and to easing one’’s mind. The ICT system did not reduce the municipality’’s level of services to the participating families. The information built into the system has to be constantly updated to be of interest. Conclusions: An ICT support must be provided in a context of personal meetings and with a formal caregiver backing. This will empower informal or family caregivers. Such support must give the user the possibility to communicate and get access to the Internet.



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Ageing in place, Alzheimer´s disease, caregiver, dementia, elderly, stroke
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-132303DOI: 10.3109/17483107.2013.814170ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84901948278OAI: diva2:659496

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Available from: 2013-10-25 Created: 2013-10-25 Last updated: 2014-03-17Bibliographically approved

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