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Future Internet 2012, 4(3), 688-699;

Traditional Practice vs. New Tools and Routines in Stroke Treatment

University Hospital of North Norway, Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine, Tromsø 35, 9038, Norway
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Received: 19 April 2012 / Revised: 23 July 2012 / Accepted: 25 July 2012 / Published: 6 August 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Future e-Health)
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In Norway, it is a national goal to provide more patients with thrombolytic treatment. A referring hospital and a specialist hospital have implemented videoconferencing (VC) equipment to share knowledge and discuss stroke patients, regarding thrombolytic treatment. VC has only been used four times within the 19 months that the service has been available. The objective in this article is to increase the understanding of the contradiction between the need for knowledge-sharing through VC technology, as well as the reasons for low frequency of use when discussing stroke patients. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 13 professionals. The results illustrate how the technology per se is not the reason for the low frequency use. Health care is shaped by behavior, traditional rules, standards and division of labor. By using cultural historical activity theory (CHAT) as a framework, we illustrate the importance of understanding the historic way of performing an activity to be able to expand the treatment activity in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: collaboration; medical discussions; knowledge-sharing; videoconference; activity theory; stroke collaboration; medical discussions; knowledge-sharing; videoconference; activity theory; stroke

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Nilsen, L.L.; Solvoll, T. Traditional Practice vs. New Tools and Routines in Stroke Treatment. Future Internet 2012, 4, 688-699.

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