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Readiness for technology : a readiness assessment for the implementation of a mHealth application within the ZGT Obesity Centre.

Mels, C. (2018) Readiness for technology : a readiness assessment for the implementation of a mHealth application within the ZGT Obesity Centre.

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Abstract:Aim: In this study the readiness of healthcare professionals as well as their perception regarding the organisational readiness of the Obesity Centre for the potential implementation of a mHealth intervention was assessed. Method: This thesis used a mixed method design consisting of semi-structured interviews and the Technology Readiness Index (TRI). Results: The overall TRI score was 3,3 on a scale ranging from 1 till 5. Most of the respondents were classified as skeptics (63%). Of the 27 respondents, six respondents were classified as explorers, 1 as an avoider and 3 as hesitators. From the interviews is became clear that societal and healthcare providers readiness was high and core, organisational, engagement and technological/organisational readiness was low. Conclusion: The healthcare professionals can be perceived as technology ready based on their TRI score. However, the majority of the professionals was identified as skeptic. It is therefore of importance to include the professionals in the development process of the mHealth application. Core readiness is low, indicating that professionals do not feel that change is necessary. Despite the fact that professionals perceive the Obesity Centre as ready for the implementation of mHealth, the low organisational and engagement readiness indicate that this is not the case.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Ziekenhuisgroep Twente, Almelo, The Netherlands
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:44 medicine
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/76858
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