The use of on-line social network and services by family carers with high digital skills: The case of the Swedish sample
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Social Work Nursing
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60333OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-60333DiVA: diva2:1069740
The 23rd Nordic Congress of Gerontology (23 NKG), Tampere, Finland, June 19–22, 2016