Telecare for the elderly - Community nurses' experiences in Taiwan

Chi Ping Chang, Ting Ting Lee*, Mary Etta Mills

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Abstract

Advances in science, technology, and healthcare have contributed to the global growth of an aging population. With a concomitant decline in birth rate, the increasing need for elder care cannot be met effectively by traditional care models as fewer caregivers are available. This study adopted a qualitative research method, and 13 nurses who have experiences in telecare were interviewed in a regional hospital in northern Taiwan. Data were content analyzed to explore nurses' perceptions of telecare services. Five major themes were identified: (1) provision of individualized care, (2) increasing job requirements and stress, (3) working with a collaborative care model, (4) understanding concerns of the elderly, and (5) foreseeing future challenges. The participants identified the advantages of telecare services for the elderly and recognized a new opportunity for health management in the future population and social changes. The use of technology to provide telecare may offer an effective supplement for elder care services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
JournalCIN - Computers Informatics Nursing
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2013

Keywords

  • Elderly care
  • Interview
  • Nurses' experience
  • Technology
  • Telecare

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