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The INNOVAGE-Eurocarers platform and current ICT-based services for informal carers of older people in Sweden
Swedish Family Care Competence Centre (NKA).
Eurocarers, Belgium.
National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing (INRCA), Italy.
National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing (INRCA), Italy.
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2015 (Engelska)Ingår i: Irish Ageing Studies Review, ISSN 1649-9972, Vol. 6, nr 1, s. 88-88Artikel i tidskrift, Meeting abstract (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Different support services for family carers are available in Sweden through information and communication technologies (ICTs) since late 1990s, like ACTION, My Joice, IPPI, ‘The Gap’, and Carer Sweden’s online ‘Carer’s Book’. The INNOVAGE-Eurocarers platform aimed to complement the offer of web services to carers through the provision of a new tailored package.

Methods: The Swedish pilot test enrolled around 50 carers through contacts with professionals working with carers in different municipalities. 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. Periodical reminders were sent in order to increase user involvement.

Results: Users were predominantly older, female carers, of which two thirds were over 65 years old. The web platform was perceived as a flexible tool, potentially accessible at any time, which gave users the possibility to exploit their experience as carers with others in similar situations. This peer exchange seemed to improve self empowerment, sense of solidarity and mutual learning. However, usage of the web platform was limited due to the low level of digital skills of some carers.

Conclusions: Although results confirmed usefulness and appropriateness of implemented web services, it is fundamental to address the issue of usability and accessibility in order to ensure a wider accessibility. An option might be to offer initial digital skill training and continuous technical support for computer novices.

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2015. Vol. 6, nr 1, s. 88-88
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Gerontologi, medicinsk/hälsovetenskaplig inriktning Systemvetenskap, informationssystem och informatik med samhällsvetenskaplig inriktning Sociologi (exklusive socialt arbete, socialpsykologi och socialantropologi)
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Medicin, Gerontologi; Hälsovetenskap, Hälsoinformatik; Samhällsvetenskap, Sociologi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-51629OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-51629DiVA, id: diva2:915634
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8th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) – European Region (ER) Congress
Tillgänglig från: 2016-03-30 Skapad: 2016-03-30 Senast uppdaterad: 2018-01-10Bibliografiskt granskad

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