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The Acceptability of Dutch Healthcare Workers in Primary Care Towards a Novel Monitoring Device®

Beernink, S. (2023) The Acceptability of Dutch Healthcare Workers in Primary Care Towards a Novel Monitoring Device®.

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Embargo date:25 September 2025
Abstract:Background: The growing population of Dutch frail community-dwelling older adults needs more support from primary care. These frail older adults have decreased physiological functions, physical strength and endurance, which makes them more dependent and prone to adverse health outcomes. Therefore, it is crucial that general practitioners (GPs) and General Practice-Based Nurse Specialists (GPB NS’) identify frailty, which is currently done through questionnaires such as the Groningen Frailty Indicator (GFI). However, these questionnaires are prone to subjectivity and are not always successful when it comes to monitoring changes in the patient’s level of frailty. A novel technology created on behalf of an European initiative allows for monitoring gripwork which potentially contributes to understanding patient frailty. Thus, this study aims to explore the acceptability of Dutch GPs’ and GPB NS’ towards using this novel monitoring device in their daily practice for treating community-dwelling older adults. Methods: A qualitative study design with semi-structured interviews based on the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) model was used to explore the acceptability. The transcribed interviews were analysed following the six steps of data collection and analysis as described by Braun & Clarke (2006). The code scheme, including six themes and 24 codes, was developed by using a deductive and inductive approach. For the deductive approach five factors of the UTAUT model were used; Performance Expectancy (PE), Effort Expectancy (EE), Social Influence (SI), Facilitating Conditions (FC), and Behavioural Intention (BI). Results: 15 GPs decided not to participate because a lack of time or believed they were not the right target group for the novel monitoring device. The final sample existed of five participants (four GPs and one GPB NS). The results show that participants were willing to try the novel monitoring device because of its objective measurements and tangible results. However, some conditions need to be met before it can be implemented, such as education, evidence of the added value and integration with the EPD system. Lastly, participants believe that GPB NS’ are the most suitable target group in primary care for the novel monitoring device because they see the frail older patients more frequently. Conclusion: Results were too limited to draw firm conclusions on the acceptability of the novel monitoring device among GPs and GPB NS’. Yet, it would be interesting to explore GPB NS’ acceptability in more depth.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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