Understanding factors that inhibit or promote the utilisation of telecare in chronic lung disease

Mair, F. , Hiscock, J. and Beaton, S. (2008) Understanding factors that inhibit or promote the utilisation of telecare in chronic lung disease. Chronic Illness, 4(2), pp. 110-117. (doi:10.1177/1742395308092482)

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Objectives To perform a process evaluation of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of home telecare for the management of acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), using the normalization process model (NPM) as an explanatory framework.

Methods Semi-structured interviews were carried out with patients (n = 9) and nurses (n = 11) participating in a RCT. A framework approach to data analysis was used.

Results The telecare service did not provide an interactional advantage for the nurses providing this service and did not fit with the nurses' views of the most appropriate or preferred use of their skills. The telecare service seemed unlikely to become normalized as part of routine healthcare delivery, because the nursing team lacked confidence that it was a safe way to provide healthcare in this context and it was not perceived as improving efficiency.

Discussion The NPM effectively mapped onto the study findings and explained those factors that inhibited the routine delivery of COPD services by telecare.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mair, Professor Frances
Authors: Mair, F., Hiscock, J., and Beaton, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:Chronic Illness
Publisher:SAGE Publications

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