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Andréasson, F., Andreasson, J. & Hanson, E. (2018). Developing a carer identity and negotiating everyday life through social networking sites: An explorative study on identity constructions in an online Swedish carer community. Ageing & Society, 38(11), 2304-2324
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Developing a carer identity and negotiating everyday life through social networking sites: An explorative study on identity constructions in an online Swedish carer community
2018 (English)In: Ageing & Society, ISSN 0144-686X, E-ISSN 1469-1779, Vol. 38, no 11, p. 2304-2324Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An overarching reason why carers do not utilise support services is that many people who perform care-giving do not necessarily self-identify as a carer. Understanding the development of carer identities is therefore crucial for the utilisation of different carer-focused health services. This study arose from the European Union-funded INNOVAGE project and aimed to describe how older carers conceptualise and understand their identity as carers on a Swedish online social forum. Theoretically the study adopts a constructionist approach and the method of netnography was applied. The findings reveal that a change in self-perception occurs in the process through which a carer role is acquired. The presence or absence of recognition for the older carers’ capacity, knowledge and life situation is seen as filtered through the needs of the care recipient, making the carer identity into an invisible self. This is not least the case when the identity is constructed in alliance with conceptual and moral obligations found within a marital discourse. Nevertheless, the opportunity for online communication may help to create a virtual space of social recognition through which different experiences attached to caring can be discussed. The significance of online communication is here understood as the possibility it presents for carers to be recognised by other carers. It is a process through which an invisible self can become visible.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge University Press, 2018
National Category
Nursing Sociology
Research subject
Social Sciences, Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-64980 (URN)10.1017/S0144686X17000551 (DOI)000446465900006 ()
Available from: 2017-06-08 Created: 2017-06-08 Last updated: 2018-11-01Bibliographically approved
Barbabella, F., Poli, A., Hanson, E., Andréasson, F., Salzmann, B., Doehner, H., . . . Lamura, G. (2018). Usage and Usability of a Web-based Program for Family Caregivers of Older People in Three European Countries: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 36(5), 232-241
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2018 (English)In: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, ISSN 1538-2931, E-ISSN 1538-9774, Vol. 36, no 5, p. 232-241Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

InformCare is a European Web platform that supports informal caregivers of older people by providing access to online information and professional and peer support. The aim of this study was to assess the usage and usability of a psychosocial Web-based program carried out in three European countries (Italy, Sweden, and Germany). A mixed-methods sequential explanatory design was adopted, comprising baseline and postintervention assessments, as well as combined thematic content analysis of results and focus group findings. A convenience sample of 118 caregivers was enrolled, of whom 94 used the services offered by the program at least once. The subsamples in the three countries used the platform in different ways, with a predominance of passive strategies (eg, seeking information and reading other people's comments) for Italian caregivers, and more active usage by Swedish and German caregivers. The usability assessment showed that the platform was perceived well by Italian and German caregivers, whereas technical problems affected the Swedish sample's experiences. Focus group data highlighted user satisfaction with the online support and reliability of the environment. Recommendations for practitioners are to ensure digital training for caregivers who have lower confidence in use of the Internet, to involve different healthcare professionals in the provision of professional support, and to adequately manage online community building.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2018
Keywords
Caregivers, Frail elderly, Health education, Internet, Social support
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences, Health Informatics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-76813 (URN)10.1097/CIN.0000000000000422 (DOI)000431738300005 ()29505433 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2018-07-11 Created: 2018-07-11 Last updated: 2018-07-11Bibliographically approved
Andréasson, F., Andreasson, J. & Hanson, E. (2017). Developing a Carer Identity and Negotiating Everyday Life Through Social Networking Sites. In: Poster presented at: IAGG 2017: . Paper presented at 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, July 23-27, San Fransisco, California, USA..
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2017 (English)In: Poster presented at: IAGG 2017, 2017Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
National Category
Sociology Nursing
Research subject
Social Sciences, Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-67294 (URN)
Conference
21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, July 23-27, San Fransisco, California, USA.
Note

Ej belagd 20180228

Available from: 2017-08-17 Created: 2017-08-17 Last updated: 2018-02-28Bibliographically approved
Barbabella, F., Poli, A., Andréasson, F., Salzmann, B., Papa, R., Hanson, E., . . . Lamura, G. (2016). A web-based psychosocial intervention for family caregivers of older people: results from a mixed-methods study in three European countries. JMIR Research Protocols, 5(4), 1-16, Article ID e196.
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2016 (English)In: JMIR Research Protocols, ISSN 1929-0748, E-ISSN 1929-0748, Vol. 5, no 4, p. 1-16, article id e196Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Informal caregiving is the main source of care for older people in Europe. An enormous amount of responsibility and care activity is on the shoulders of family caregivers, who might experience problems in their psychological well-being and in reconciling caregiving and their personal sphere. In order to alleviate such burden, there is increasing interest and growing research in Europe on Web-based support addressing family caregivers and their needs. However, the level of development and penetration of innovative Web-based services for caregivers is still quite low and the access to traditional face-to-face services can be problematic for logistic, availability, and quality reasons.

Objective: As part of the European project INNOVAGE, a pilot study was conducted for developing and testing a Web-based psychosocial intervention aimed at empowering family caregivers of older people in Italy, Sweden, and Germany. The program offered information resources and interactive services to enable both professional and peer support.

Methods: A mixed-methods, sequential explanatory design was adopted. Caregivers’ psychological well-being, perceived negative and positive aspects of caregiving, and social support received were assessed before and after the 3-month intervention. Poststudy, a subsample of users participated in focus groups to assist in the interpretation of the quantitative results.

Results: A total of 94 out of 118 family caregivers (79.7%) from the three countries used the Web platform at least once. The information resources were used to different extents in each country, with Italian users having the lowest median number of visits (5, interquartile range [IQR] 2-8), whereas German users had the highest number (17, IQR 7-66) (P<.001). The interactive services most frequently accessed (more than 12 times) in all countries were the social network (29/73, 40%) and private messages (27/73, 37%). The pretest-posttest analysis revealed some changes, particularly the slight worsening of perceived positive values of caregiving (Carers of Older People in Europe [COPE] positive value subscale: P=.02) and social support received (COPE quality-of-support subscale: P=.02; Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support subscale: P=.04), in all cases with small effect size (r range -.15 to -.18). Focus groups were conducted with 20 family caregivers and the content analysis of discussions identified five main themes: online social support, role awareness, caregiving activities, psychological well-being, and technical concerns. The analysis suggested the intervention was useful and appropriate, also stimulating a better self-efficacy and reappraisal of the caregivers’ role.

Conclusions: The intervention seemed to contribute to the improvement of family caregivers’ awareness, efficacy, and empowerment, which in turn may lead to a better self-recognition of their own needs and improved efforts for developing and accessing coping resources. A major implication of the study was the finalization and implementation of the InformCare Web platform in 27 European countries, now publicly accessible (www.eurocarers.org/informcare).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
JMIR Publications, 2016
Keywords
Caregivers, Frail elderly, Internet, Social support, Social networking, Health education
National Category
Health Sciences
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61490 (URN)10.2196/resprot.5847 (DOI)000391042300034 ()27713113 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2017-03-21 Created: 2017-03-21 Last updated: 2018-04-17Bibliographically approved
Andréasson, F. & Hanson, E. (2016). Online support for carers. In: : . Paper presented at Supporting your Delivery of High Quality Family Carer Training, Athlone, Dublin, February 15-16, 2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Online support for carers
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
National Category
Nursing Social Work Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60341 (URN)
Conference
Supporting your Delivery of High Quality Family Carer Training, Athlone, Dublin, February 15-16, 2016
Available from: 2017-01-30 Created: 2017-01-30 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Andréasson, F., Hanson, E., Poli, A., Barbabella, F., Lancioni, C., Papa, R. & Lamura, G. (2016). The use of on-line social network and services by family carers with high digital skills: The case of the Swedish sample. In: : . Paper presented at The 23rd Nordic Congress of Gerontology (23 NKG), Tampere, Finland, June 19–22, 2016.
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2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

AIMS. The InformCare platform aimed to complement the offer of already available web services to carers through the provision of a new comprehensive package.

METHODS. 36 family carers were enrolled in Sweden and used the platform during the intervention. They could access the following web-based services: information resources; individual support via e-mail and private messages; group support via social network and forum. Periodical writing activities were asked to active users in the forum, alternating expressive writing (EW) and time management (TM) writing tasks.

FINDINGS. Users were predominantly older, female carers, who considered the web platform as a flexible tool, potentially accessible at anytime, which could empower users and improve their sense of solidarity and mutual learning.

CONCLUSIONS. Although results confirmed usefulness and appropriateness of implemented web services, some carers experienced problems in accessing and navigation, which required continuous technical support by web developers.

National Category
Social Work Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60333 (URN)
Conference
The 23rd Nordic Congress of Gerontology (23 NKG), Tampere, Finland, June 19–22, 2016
Available from: 2017-01-30 Created: 2017-01-30 Last updated: 2018-05-16Bibliographically approved
Lamura, G., Barbabella, F., Poli, A., Hanson, E., Döhner, H., Andréasson, F. & Salzmann, B. (2016). Web-based support services for family carers of older people in Europe: the InformCare platform. In: : . Paper presented at 23rd Nordic Congress of Gerontology, Tampere, Finland, June 19-22, 2016.
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2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61523 (URN)
Conference
23rd Nordic Congress of Gerontology, Tampere, Finland, June 19-22, 2016
Available from: 2017-03-21 Created: 2017-03-21 Last updated: 2017-04-10Bibliographically approved
Barbabella, F., Efthymiou, A., Poli, A., Lancioni, C., Andréasson, F., Salzmann, B., . . . Lamura, G. (2015). A multilingual web platform supporting informal carers in 27 EU member states. In: Adrian Curaj & Ioana Trif (Ed.), Broader, bigger, better: AAL solutions for Europe. Proceedings of the 6th AAL Forum 2014: . Paper presented at 6th AAL Forum 2014 (pp. 169-172). Bucharest: UEFISCDI
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2015 (English)In: Broader, bigger, better: AAL solutions for Europe. Proceedings of the 6th AAL Forum 2014 / [ed] Adrian Curaj & Ioana Trif, Bucharest: UEFISCDI , 2015, p. 169-172Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Informal care is a hot topic in research and policy agendas at European and national level, since it greatly contributes to the sustainability and efficiency of national health care systems. A specific intervention – part of the wider INNOVAGE project funded by FP7 – was planned for developing and testing a new multilingual web platform for informal carers of dependent older people in the EU-27. Preliminary results of the pilot study, conducted in Italy, Germany and Sweden will be discussed. The final platform will be accessible in all official languages of the EU-27 and publicly available in spring 2015.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bucharest: UEFISCDI, 2015
Keywords
informal care, innovation, web-based services
National Category
Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Medicine, Gerontology; Health and Caring Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-51391 (URN)978-973-0-20119-2 (ISBN)
Conference
6th AAL Forum 2014
Available from: 2016-03-25 Created: 2016-03-25 Last updated: 2018-01-10Bibliographically approved
Andréasson, F., Hanson, E., Lamura, G., Barbabella, F., Lancioni, C., Papa, R., . . . Efthymiou, A. (2015). Anhörigstöd via internet: InformCare. In: : . Paper presented at Anhörigriksdagen 2015: "Olika men ändå lika", Varberg, Sweden, May 5-6, 2015.
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2015 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
National Category
Nursing Social Work Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60339 (URN)
Conference
Anhörigriksdagen 2015: "Olika men ändå lika", Varberg, Sweden, May 5-6, 2015
Available from: 2017-01-30 Created: 2017-01-30 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
Andréasson, F. & Hanson, E. (2015). Dissemination event Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at Providing online support services to informal carers, care professionals and employers across Europe, EU event, Brussels May 6-7, 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dissemination event Sweden
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
National Category
Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences Social Work Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60340 (URN)
Conference
Providing online support services to informal carers, care professionals and employers across Europe, EU event, Brussels May 6-7, 2015
Available from: 2017-01-30 Created: 2017-01-30 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved
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