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An Internet-based videoconferencing system for supporting frail elderly people and their carers
Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg.
University of Kalmar, eHealth Institute, School of Human Sciences, University of Kalmar,.
University of Kalmar, eHealth Institute, School of Human Sciences, University of Kalmar,.
Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, ISSN 1357-633X, E-ISSN 1758-1109, Vol. 14, p. 79-82Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The ACTION project uses information and communication technologyto support frail elderly people and their family carers. Theaims are to enhance their quality of life, independence andpreparedness and to break social isolation. A videoconferencingsystem, connecting homes and a call centre, was used in a pilotstudy in 1997–2002. A re-designed system was brought intouse in late 2004 and over 60 new units were introduced duringthe first six months. The new system was evaluated with an interviewstudy and by data logging. Eight family users and four professionalcarers were interviewed. The family users had used the videophoneat least six times and they had had the equipment at home forat least two months. The average number of initiated calls peruser was 5.7 per month and the average call time per user was40 min per month. Seven of the users (88%) reported that thesystem very much reduced their sense of loneliness and isolation.The results of the evaluation were encouraging. There were severalfrequent users of videoconferencing. System quality was acceptablealthough a shorter audio delay would be desirable. The systemwas used regularly by the participants and it fulfilled itspurpose.

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London: Royal Society of Medicine Press , 2008. Vol. 14, p. 79-82
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Health and Caring Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hik:diva-2852DOI: 10.1258/jtt.2007.070601OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hik-2852DiVA, id: diva2:299831
Available from: 2010-02-24 Created: 2010-02-24 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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