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Case Management for Frail Older Adults Through Tablet Computers and Skype
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Health.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Health.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Health.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Health.
2016 (English)In: Informatics for Health and Social Care, ISSN 1753-8157, E-ISSN 1753-8165, Vol. 41, no 4, 405-416 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: Frail older adults are high consumers of medical care due to their age and multiple chronic conditions. Regular contact with a case manager has been proven to increase well-being of frail older adults and reduce their number of health-care visits. Skype calls through tablet PCs can offer easier communication. Objective: This paper examines frail older adults’ use of tablet computers and Skype, with their case managers.Method: Interviews were conducted on 15 frail older adults. A content analysis was used to structure and analyze the data. Results: The results indicate that tablet computers were experienced in a positive way for most frail older adults. Conflicting feelings did emerge, however, as to whether the frail elderly would adopt this in the long run. Skype needs to be tested further as to whether this is a good solution for communication with their case managers. Strong technical support and well-functioning technology are important elements to facilitate use. Conclusion: Using Skype and tablet PCs do have potential for frail older adults, but need to be tested further. © 2015 Taylor & Francis

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Taylor & Francis, 2016. Vol. 41, no 4, 405-416 p.
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Case management; older adults; Skype; tablet PCs
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-11579DOI: 10.3109/17538157.2015.1033528ISI: 000378307400006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84951276661OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-11579DiVA: diva2:900037
Available from: 2016-02-03 Created: 2016-02-03 Last updated: 2016-09-26Bibliographically approved

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