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Identifying Motives for Implementing eHealth by using Activity Theory

School of Business, Economics and IT, University West, 461 86 Trollhättan, Sweden
Sustainability 2020, 12(4), 1298;
Received: 27 December 2019 / Revised: 26 January 2020 / Accepted: 6 February 2020 / Published: 11 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue A Healthy Built Environment for an Ageing Population)
eHealth interventions are utilized as a solution to address the current demographic challenges in society, as the number of old people increases. Thus, working life, work practice, and professional requirements needed for providing healthcare services will be transformed. The aim of this paper is to explore contradictive motives regarding the professionals’ work practice when introducing innovative eHealth technologies in Scandinavian healthcare services at a municipal level. The study is based on two qualitative group interviews where nurses, assistant nurses, occupational and physiotherapists, as well as project managers participated. Two persons from an IT department were also interviewed. The interviews were analyzed by thematic analysis. The activity theory is used to explore the individuals’ different contradictive motives in this work practice. The work practice consists of a collaborative activity, where expansive learning is important in this transformation of work to obtain a sustainable society. The motives identified in this study are to 1) improve quality of life for the patients, 2) create attractive and interesting work for the employees, 3) save money for the municipality, 4) learn about new technology, and 5) use the municipality’s resources effectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: eHealth; Collaboration; Implementation; Contradictions; Sustainable Society; Activity Theory eHealth; Collaboration; Implementation; Contradictions; Sustainable Society; Activity Theory
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Svensson, A. Identifying Motives for Implementing eHealth by using Activity Theory. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1298.

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