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  • 1.
    Johansson, Annette M.
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.
    Söderberg, Siv
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.
    Lindberg, Inger
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.
    Views of residents of rural areas on accessibility to specialist care through videoconference2014In: Technology and Health Care, ISSN 0928-7329, E-ISSN 1878-7401, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 147-155Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Accessibility to specialized health care is important for residents in rural areas. Videoconsultation can provide increased accessibility to health care. Before implementation of new technologies, it is important to study residents' views. OBJECTIVE: This study describes views of residents of rural areas on accessibility to specialist care and the use of videoconsultation as tool to increase accessibility. METHOD: A questionnaire was distributed via the primary health care centres in rural areas of northern Sweden. Data was analysed with both quantitative and qualitative methods. RESULTS: The quantitative analysis revealed three main areas: savings in time, environmental damage and cost of not having to travel were important; security of information must be coupled with increased availability of specialist care; responses depended on an individual's specific health care needs. The open-ended answers resulted into two categories: 1) experiences related to availability of specialist care and 2) views on participating in VC. CONCLUSION: Despite the fact that rural residents considered the distance as important factor in access to care, there was uncertainty regarding videoconsultation as solution. Although respondents were familiar with different types of communication technologies, they probably hesitated because they did not have information on what videoconsultation would mean to them.

  • 2.
    Melander-Wikman, Anita
    et al.
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
    Jansson, Maria
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
    Hallberg, Josef
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Signals and Systems.
    Mörtberg, Christina
    Oslo universitet.
    Gard, Gunvor
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
    The lighthouse alarm and locator trial: a pilot study2007In: Technology and Health Care, ISSN 0928-7329, E-ISSN 1878-7401, ISSN 0928-7329, Vol. 15, no 3, p. 203-212Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An important factor for health is the possibility to be active and mobile. To make this possible different kind of support are needed. Integrating geographical information systems technology and user experiences is important in the development of more user-friendly positioning devices. The Lighthouse Alarm and Locator trial aimed to test a new mobile alarm system with additional functionality such as positioning and monitoring of vital signs which can be used regardless of location (in hospital, at home). The system was tested by elderly persons from a pensioner organisation and home care personnel answered up on the alarms. After the tests qualitative interviews were performed with the two groups. The results showed that their experiences of the new mobile alarm system could be described in three main categories: to be supervised, to feel safe and to be mobile. These categories formed a theme: Positioning - an ethical dilemma. The clients' mobility was perceived to increase. The personnel did not think that positioning was ethical but the clients (elderly) did.

  • 3.
    Nugent, Chris D.
    et al.
    School of Computing and Mathematics, Faculty of Computing and Engineering, University of Ulster.
    Finlay, Dewar
    School of Computing and Mathematics, Faculty of Computing and Engineering, University of Ulster.
    Davies, Richard
    School of Computing and Mathematics, Faculty of Computing and Engineering, University of Ulster.
    Donnelly, Mark
    School of Computing and Mathematics, Faculty of Computing and Engineering, University of Ulster.
    Hallberg, Josef
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Signals and Systems.
    Black, Norman D.
    School of Computing and Mathematics, Faculty of Computing and Engineering, University of Ulster.
    Craig, David
    Belfast City Hospital/Queen’s University of Belfast.
    Remote healthcare monitoring and assessment2011In: Technology and Health Care, ISSN 0928-7329, E-ISSN 1878-7401, Vol. 19, no 4, p. 295-306Article in journal (Refereed)
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