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Telesurveillance and mental health

William D Kearns, James L Fozard, Marion Becker, Jan M Jasiewicz, Jeffrey D Craighead, Lori Holtsclaw, Charles Dion
OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that variability in voluntary movement paths of assisted living facility (ALF) residents would be greater in the week preceding a fall compared with residents who did not fall. DESIGN: Prospective, observational study using telesurveillance technology. SETTING: Two ALFs. PARTICIPANTS: The sample consisted of 69 older ALF residents (53 female) aged 76.9 (SD ± 11.9 years). MEASUREMENT: Daytime movement in ALF common use areas was automatically tracked using a commercially available ultra-wideband radio real-time location sensor network with a spatial resolution of approximately 20 cm...
September 2012: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Claude Vincent, Daniel Reinharz, Isabelle Deaudelin, Mathieu Garceau, Lise R Talbot
BACKGROUND: Telesurveillance is a technologically based modality that allows the surveillance of patients in the natural setting, mainly home. It is based on communication technologies to relay information between a patient and a central call center where services are coordinated. Different types of telesurveillance systems have been implemented, some being staffed with non-health professionals and others with health professional, mainly nurses. Up to now, only telesurveillance services staffed with non-health professionals have been shown to be effective and efficient...
2006: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
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