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Assistive technology and telecare: cost, quality of life and ethics [Abstract]

Perry, Jonathan, Beyer, Stephen Richard ORCID: and Felce, David John 2010. Assistive technology and telecare: cost, quality of life and ethics [Abstract]. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 23 (5) , p. 489. 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2010.00588.x

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Aim: Telecare refers to episodic, needs-based support from a peripatetic team which monitors activity in people’s homes via a technological ‘hub’ located within the house. The aim was to investigate the impact on staff resources and residents’ quality of life of implementing a telecare service; and to consider ethical implications. Method: Two studies were conducted. The first used a controlled multiple time series design to assess the impact of telecare on residents’ social activity, constructive activity, choice and staffing levels. The sample comprised 91 people living in 33 settings. The second was a Delphi study in which experts were consulted about ethical issues. Results: Staffing levels were reduced significantly by 23% following the telecare intervention. There were no significant changes on any of the resident outcome measures. The Delphi panel identified and discussed 10 ethical themes: policy, assessment, consent, risks, equipment/Installation, independence, privacy, social wellbeing, quality of care and fairness. Conclusion: Efficiency appears to have been achieved through the introduction of telecare, without detriment to service users’ quality of life. Telecare services have to be planned carefully with ethical issues firmly in mind.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Additional Information: Abstracts of the Third International Conference of IASSID-Europe, 20-22 October, 2010, Rome
Publisher: Wiley and Blackwell
ISSN: 1468-3148
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:43

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