Observational study to explore predictors and use of remote telecare

A. Barakat, C.T.M. Houwelingen, van, M.G.E.F. Antonietti, H.S.M. Kort

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic


Introduction: The demand for care is increasing, whereas the number of people working in professional care is decreasing. Remote Telecare (RT) technology can help to meet the growing demand for care. The purpose of this observational study was to explore the main skills barriers for using RT by healthcare professionals and older adults. Methods: Observation at location, using a standardized observation list for the nurses working in home care organizations and older adults. A comparison was made between nurses/older adults already using RT and nurses/older adults who do not use RT. 22 tasks were conducted to test the skills of nurses and 27 to test the skills of older adults(scale 1to 10). For the statistical analysis the Mann-Whitney U Test was used. Results: 16 nurses and 18 older adults participated. 50% of the nurses and 40% of the older adults already used RT. For nurses, the average of all constructed domains was higher than 8.0. Older adults scored on average a 7.0 or higher for computer use, e-mail and digital navigation. The average of Mobile phone use and TV use was lower. With regard to RT use, only nurses showed significant differences between RT users groups. Conclusion: Digital navigation and advanced computer skills could increase the adaptation/ease of use of RT for nurses. With respect to older adults, ‘Interest in ICT’ appears to be a predictor for the use of RT. The results in this study concern an observational study with a small number of participants. Therefore, the findings should be interpreted with caution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssistive technology : from research to practice : AAATE 2013
EditorsP. Encarnação, L. Azevedo, G.J. Gelderblom
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
ISBN (Print)978-1-61499-303-2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event12th biennial European conference of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe, (AAATE 2013) - Vilamoura, Portugal
Duration: 19 Sept 201322 Sept 2013

Publication series

NameAssistive Technology Research Series
ISSN (Print)1383-813X


Conference12th biennial European conference of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe, (AAATE 2013)
Abbreviated titleAAATE 2013


Dive into the research topics of 'Observational study to explore predictors and use of remote telecare'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this