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Older People Using e-Health Services—Exploring Frequency of Use and Associations with Perceived Benefits for Spouse Caregivers

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Department of Research & Development, Association of Local Authorities in Västernorrland County, Härnösand 87145, Sweden
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Department of Nursing, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall 85170, Sweden
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Department of Information and Communication Systems, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall 85170, Sweden
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Academic Editor: Francisco Javier Falcone Lanas
Informatics 2016, 3(3), 15; https://doi.org/10.3390/informatics3030015
Received: 26 June 2016 / Revised: 24 August 2016 / Accepted: 25 August 2016 / Published: 1 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Health 2016)
ICT, information- and communication technologies, and e-health services are essential for meeting future care demands. Greater knowledge regarding the implementation of e-health services in long-term care for older people is needed. The purpose of the study was to explore older people’s use of e-health services and associations between frequency of use and perceived benefits. In the longitudinal comparative intervention study (n = 65), intervention group participants (n = 42) used an e-health service for 1.5 years. A control group (n = 23) used similar services provided in a traditional manner. Data was collected through questionnaires and analyzed using linear and logistic regressions. Although general use of the Internet was similar in both groups, the e-health group perceived significantly higher benefits. The component information- and education programs, developed specifically for the e-health service, had the highest association with benefits. Conclusion: e-health services targeted at supporting older people who care for a spouse at home can provide benefits which most likely will not be obtained without participation in an organized e-service. Care professionals play an essential role in encouraging spouse caregivers to become e-service users. View Full-Text
Keywords: e-health; spouse caregiver; caregiver support; independence; frequency of use; benefits e-health; spouse caregiver; caregiver support; independence; frequency of use; benefits
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Blusi, M.; Jong, M.; Dalin, R. Older People Using e-Health Services—Exploring Frequency of Use and Associations with Perceived Benefits for Spouse Caregivers. Informatics 2016, 3, 15.

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