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Evaluating the impact of 2nd and 3rd generation telecare services in older people's housing

Brownsell, Simon, Blackburn, Steven and Hawley, Mark (2008) Evaluating the impact of 2nd and 3rd generation telecare services in older people's housing. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 14 (1). pp. 8-12. ISSN 1357-633X

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A controlled study compared 24 people with telecare living in sheltered housing (retirement housing) against a control group of 28 people. The intervention consisted of 2nd generation telecare equipment such as automatic flood or falls detectors; a 3rd generation lifestyle reassurance system; and an internet café. Overall no noticeable change in fear of falling was observed, however statistical significance was observed in the social functioning domain of the SF36 (7.5% difference p-value= 0.049). Positive trends were also evident in areas such as, increasing the amount of time spent out of the home, improved feelings of safety during the day and night (statistically significant), along with a reduction in the fear of crime. The Internet café was used by 25% of people for at least 20 minutes per week. The results would suggest that 2nd generation telecare systems and Internet facilities could be more widely used in service delivery but that lifestyle reassurance, as trialed, requires further development.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2008 Royal Society of Medicine Press. This is an author produced version of a paper published in 'Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare'. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The definitive version, detailed above, is available online at www.rsmjournals.com
Keywords: telecare, telehealth, lifestyle monitoring, behaviour changes
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield) > Health Services Research (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Dr Simon Brownsell
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2010 18:00
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:59
Published Version: http://jtt.rsmjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/14...
Status: Published
Publisher: Royal Society of Medicine
Identification Number: 10.1258/jtt.2007.070410
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10303

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