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Informatics for Health & Social Care

Shijuan Li, Stephen Kay, Stuart Porter
To investigate the utility of 3D visualization technology to augment assessment and feedback for Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), a visualization prototype was developed, and both subjective and objective measures of current assessment instruments were compared. To verify and establish a base-line for the prototype's effectiveness, motion data and measurement data from a healthy adult in a laboratory environment were collected. To validate the prototype, a qualitative evaluation was undertaken using multiple methods including a pilot study, focus groups, and individual interviews...
December 5, 2016: Informatics for Health & Social Care
Mihiretu Kebede, Yesuf Endris, Desalegn Tegabu Zegeye
INTRODUCTION: Even though nursing care documentation is an important part of nursing practice, it is commonly left undone. The objective of this study was to assess nursing care documentation practice and the associated factors among nurses who are working at the University of Gondar Hospital. METHODS: An institution-based cross-sectional study was conducted among 220 nurses working at the University of Gondar Hospital inpatient wards from March 20 to April 30, 2014...
December 5, 2016: Informatics for Health & Social Care
Susanne Palmcrantz, Jörgen Borg, Disa Sommerfeld, Jeanette Plantin, Anneli Wall, Maria Ehn, Marie Sjölinder, Inga-Lill Boman
BACKGROUND: In this study an interactive distance solution (called the DISKO tool) was developed to enable home-based motor training after stroke. OBJECTIVES: The overall aim was to explore the feasibility and safety of using the DISKO-tool, customized for interactive stroke rehabilitation in the home setting, in different rehabilitation phases after stroke. METHODS: Fifteen patients in three different stages in the continuum of rehabilitation after stroke participated in a home-based training program using the DISKO-tool...
December 5, 2016: Informatics for Health & Social Care
Lena Griebel, Peter Kolominsky-Rabas, Sandra Schaller, Jakub Siudyka, Radoslaw Sierpinski, Dimitrios Papapavlou, Aliki Simeonidou, Hans-Ulrich Prokosch, Martin Sedlmayr
INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND: Often, eHealth services are not accepted because of factors such as eHealth literacy or trust. Within this study, eHealthMonitor was evaluated in three European countries (Germany, Greece, and Poland) by medical professionals and laypersons with respect to numerous acceptance factors. METHODS: Questionnaires were created on the basis of factors from literature and with the help of scales which have already been validated. A qualitative survey was conducted in Germany, Poland, and Greece...
October 20, 2016: Informatics for Health & Social Care
Maria Andersson Marchesoni, Karin Axelsson, Ylva Fältholm, Inger Lindberg
BACKGROUND: Lack of participation from staff when developing information and communication technologies (ICT) has been shown to lead to negative consequences and might be one explanation for failure. Management during development processes has rarely been empirically studied, especially when introducing ICT systems in a municipality context. OBJECTIVE: To describe and interpret experiences of the management during change processes where ICT was introduced among staff and managers in elderly care...
October 7, 2016: Informatics for Health & Social Care
Basil Alzougool, Shanton Chang, Kathleen Gray
There has been little research that provides a comprehensive account of the nature and aspects of information needs of informal carers. The authors have previously developed and validated a framework that accounts for major underlying states of information need. This paper aims to apply this framework to explore whether there are common demographic and socioeconomic characteristics that affect the information needs states of carers. A questionnaire about the information needs states was completed by 198 carers above 18 years old...
September 30, 2016: Informatics for Health & Social Care
Paulina Sockolow, Seran Schug, Jichen Zhu, T J Smith, Yalini Senathirajah, Sandra Bloom
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Adolescents from urban, socioeconomically disadvantaged communities of color encounter high rates of adverse childhood experiences. To address the resulting multidimensional problems, we developed an innovative approach, Experiential Participatory and Interactive Knowledge Elicitation (EPIKE), using remote experiential needs elicitation methods to generate design and content requirements for a mobile health (mHealth) psychoeducational intervention. METHODS: At a community-based organization in a northeastern city, the research team developed EPIKE by incorporating elicitation of input on the graphics and conducting remotely recorded experiential meetings and iterative reviews of the design to produce an mHealth smartphone story application (app) prototype for the participants to critique...
January 2017: Informatics for Health & Social Care
Sigrid Stjernswärd, Lars Hansson
BACKGROUND: Families living with a person with mental illness can experience distress requiring therapeutic interventions. Web-based mindfulness interventions have shown beneficial health outcomes for both clinical and healthy populations, and may help families cope and overcome barriers that can otherwise hinder a help-seeking process. AIMS: To develop and assess outcomes of a web-based mindfulness intervention for families living with a person with mental illness...
January 2017: Informatics for Health & Social Care
Jane Chung, Hilaire J Thompson, Jonathan Joe, Amanda Hall, George Demiris
OBJECTIVE: Despite the increasing use of home-based monitoring technologies by older adults, few studies have examined older adults' acceptance of these technologies, especially among people from diverse cultural groups. The purpose of this study was to explore Korean and Korean American older adults' attitudes toward and perceptions of home-based monitoring technologies in a cultural context. METHODS: A qualitative analysis of focus groups and individual interviews using inductive coding methods and a constant comparative approach for emerging themes was conducted...
January 2017: Informatics for Health & Social Care
Filomena Papa, Michele Cornacchia, Bartolomeo Sapio, Enrico Nicolò
This paper presents a qualitative investigation on user reactions, opinions, and sentiments about a TV-based technological solution developed within the EasyReach Project of the EU Ambient Assisted Living Joint Program to promote social interaction of less educated elderly people, that is, those individuals who, because of poor scholarization, low income, and, possibly, linguistic barriers, still find it difficult to use computers in order to improve their socialization. Experimental data were collected by extensive trials involving 40 real-end users...
January 2017: Informatics for Health & Social Care
Mona Lundin, Åsa Mäkitalo
: Research Interest: In this article, we take an interest in the new kind of relation that has been claimed to be urgently required between health services and patients. Co-production of health services implies fundamental changes in the ways medical care is organized and delivered. Usually, technologies are put forth as potential solutions to problems that might occur when establishing such new relations. AIMS: The aim of this study is to scrutinize how different perspectives were brought into the discussions as the concrete design and use of a mobile phone application were introduced, and how participants anticipated and negotiated their own participation in the design project...
January 2017: Informatics for Health & Social Care
M Rakibul Hoque, Yukun Bao, Golam Sorwar
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to investigate factors that influence the adoption and use of e-Health applications in Bangladesh from citizens' (patients') perspectives by extending the technology acceptance model (TAM) to include privacy and trust. METHODS: A structured questionnaire survey was used to collect data from more than 350 participants in various private and public hospitals in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. The data were analyzed using the partial least-squares (PLS) method, a statistical analysis technique based on structural equation modeling (SEM)...
January 2017: Informatics for Health & Social Care
Leah Zallman, Adriana Bearse, Catherine West, David Bor, Danny McCormick
INTRODUCTION: Text messaging may be an effective method for providing health care reminders to patients. We aimed to understand patient access to and preferences for receiving health-related reminders via text message among patients receiving care in safety-net hospitals. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted face-to-face surveys with 793 patients seeking care in three hospital emergency departments at a large safety-net institution and determined clinical and demographic predictors of preferences for text messaging for health care reminders...
January 2017: Informatics for Health & Social Care
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December 2016: Informatics for Health & Social Care
R I Bjarnadottir, M Millery, E Fleck, S Bakken
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to explore the correlates of online health information-seeking behaviors among Hispanic residents of a low-income urban neighborhood. METHODS: Data were collected with a community survey from 1045 unique participants at ambulatory care clinics in a largely Hispanic immigrant community in northern Manhattan, New York. A descriptive correlational analysis was conducted using logistic regression. RESULTS: A majority of the participants were born outside the United States (85...
December 2016: Informatics for Health & Social Care
Yanqing Ji, Hao Ying, John Tran, Peter Dews, See-Yan Lau, R Michael Massanari
AIMS: Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) can result in serious consequences, including death. Existing methods for identifying potential DDIs in post-marketing surveillance primarily rely on spontaneous reports. These methods suffer from severe underreporting, incompleteness, and various bias. The aim of this study was to more effectively screen potential DDIs using patient electronic data and temporal association mining techniques. METHODS: We focus on discovery of potential DDIs by analyzing the temporal relationships between the concurrent use of two drugs of interest and the occurrences of various symptoms...
December 2016: Informatics for Health & Social Care
Amanda Lazar, George Demiris, Hilaire J Thompson
INTRODUCTION: Stimulating recreational and leisure activities (RLAs) are essential to physical and mental well-being; however, people living in memory care units (MCUs) may lack access to them. Technology has the potential to facilitate and enrich activity engagement in this context. OBJECTIVES: In this 6-month study, we evaluated a commercially available system designed to encourage the engagement of people with dementia in activities and social interactions, using a mixed-methods approach in a MCU...
December 2016: Informatics for Health & Social Care
Maria C Conesa-Fuentes, Juan J Hernandez-Morante
OBJECTIVE: Although the Internet has become an essential source of health information, our study conducted 3 years ago provided evidence of the low quality of Spanish health web sites. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the quality of Spanish health information web sites now, and to compare these results with those obtained 3 years ago. METHODS: For the original study, the most visited health information web sites were selected through the PageRank® (Google®) system...
December 2016: Informatics for Health & Social Care
M Gövercin, S Meyer, M Schellenbach, E Steinhagen-Thiessen, B Weiss, M Haesner
AIMS: The primary objective of the SmartSenior@home study was to examine the acceptance of the SmartSenior system by older adults. METHODS: Twenty-eight partners from industry and research, including the health care sector, worked collaboratively to implement services aiming to maximize independence in old age. The prospective cohort study was conducted in Potsdam, Germany, with n = 35 older adults between 55 and 88 years of age in their apartments. All participants underwent extensive pre- and post-study visits with in-home interviews, functional assessments for cognition, fine motor skills, and mobility as well as responding to questionnaires on user acceptance and quality of life...
December 2016: Informatics for Health & Social Care
Rebecca Randell, Michael R Backhouse, E Andrea Nelson
BACKGROUND: A critical issue for multicentre clinical studies is conducting site initiations, ensuring sites are trained in study procedures and comply with relevant governance requirements before they begin recruiting patients. How technology can support site initiations has not previously been explored. OBJECTIVE: This study sought to evaluate use of off-the-shelf web-based videoconferencing to deliver site initiations for a large national multicentre study. METHODS: Participants in the initiations, including podiatrists, diabetologists, trial coordinators, and research nurses, completed an online questionnaire based on the System Usability Scale (SUS) (N = 15)...
December 2016: Informatics for Health & Social Care
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