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The role of telecare in supporting the needs of elderly people

Brownsell, Simon, Aldred, Hazel and Hawley, Mark (2007) The role of telecare in supporting the needs of elderly people. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 13 (6). pp. 293-297. ISSN 1758-1109


A literature review was conducted to identify the ‘trigger factors’ associated with a need for increased levels of care and support for elderly people. An expert panel then prioritized the trigger factors into one of five bands of importance. The literature review produced 2037 hits. Of these, 1768 were excluded after reading the abstract and 111 after reading the full paper, leaving 158 papers for inclusion in the review. From these papers, 102 unique factors that triggered a need for greater care and support among elderly people were identified. The expert panel ranked 36 of the trigger factors into the top three bands of importance. Subsequent analysis suggested that telecare could be used to assist, prevent or minimise the impact of some 66% of these 36 trigger factors and 75% of the top 12 factors. This suggests that telecare has a significant role to play in the support of elderly people and should be a major consideration when re-designing services.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2007 Royal Society of Medicine Press.
Keywords: telecare, elderly people, trigger factors
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)
Depositing User: Ms Alison Keys
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2008 15:54
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 01:23
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1258/1357633
Status: Published
Publisher: The Royal Society of Medicine Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1258/1357633
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4163

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