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The theme eHealth among visually impaired elderly : a qualitative study

Hoogeveen, Rosalie E.L. (2017) The theme eHealth among visually impaired elderly : a qualitative study.

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Abstract:Visually impaired (VI) elderly are a growing population, resulting in an increasing demand in eye-care services. A rehabilitation center for VI people, Bartiméus, wants to offer eHealth services. Little is known about how VI elderly relate to eHealth services. This study gained more insights into the perceptions of VI elderly regarding eHealth services of Bartiméus. A qualitative study from a client perspective was conducted. Semi-structured interviews were telephonically held with 15 Dutch VI elderly aged over 65. The results show that VI elderly have little knowledge regarding eHealth. VI elderly consider helping aids for the visually impaired as a part of eHealth. VI elderly have the intention to exchange knowledge and experiences online with other VI people, and to contact a healthcare professional online to ask a question or to make an appointment. VI elderly showed no interest in video-communication or receiving mainly online treatment. Follow-up research should focus on how blended care can be designed by means of an client portal that partially offers services online. Values and user-requirements are explored to some extent in light of the potential services but more context of technology use should be given in future research regarding all stakeholders with the use of the CeHRes roadmap.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Bartiméus, Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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