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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 149-156

Evaluation of motivation and attitude for Telehomecare among caregivers of elderly patients affected with congestive heart failure

1 Center of Telemedicine and Telepharmacy, School of Pharmacy, University of Camerino, Camerino, Italy
2 Department of Cardiology, “U. Sestili” Hospital, INRC-IRCCS, Ancona, Italy

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Milica Kaladjurdjevic
School of Pharmacy, University of Camerino, Camerino
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/digm.digm_40_16

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Background: The development of telemedicine has become a solution to provide healthcare service to the elderly while they remain in their homes. The unit of cost of healthcare service provided at home is lower than the unit of cost of Institutional Healthcare Service. The healthcare users' attitude and motivation are a fundamental factor for the acceptance of technology and behavior change. Still, motivation and attitude toward telemedicine, especially among elderly and their caregivers is not satisfactory. Objectives: The object of this study is to investigate the utilization of Telehomecare and its effect on user's attitude and motivation among caregivers of elderly population who are affected by chronic heart failure. Materials and Methods: Observational trial and quasi-experimental design with duration of 6 months were adopted. Intervention with the telemedicine platform that supports multispecialty teleconsultation and questionnaire for evaluating the effect of intervention “Use and attitude of current technology” were used. Results: The results after 6 months showed that expectations and attitude were improved, and the user's opinion about barriers was positive. Conclusion: We evaluated readiness and responsiveness of naïve user before and after 6 months during observational trial. The trial has demonstrated a unified user's opinion that the barriers to telemedicine's use are not so high that they cannot be overcome.

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