Coordinated care planning for elderly patients using videoconferencing
2005 (English)In: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, ISSN 1357-633X, Vol. 11, no 2, 85-92 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We studied the transfer of information during coordinated care planning between a university hospital and a local health care centre/social welfare department about 35 km away. During a seven-month study period, 10 sessions were conducted by videoconferencing and seven sessions were conducted by face-to-face conferencing. Videoconferencing reduced the time required for each coordinated care-planning session from an average of 60 to 45 min. There was also an increase in the number of participating professional categories. Travel time for the staff in the face-to-face group was 60-180 min each. Use of a care-planning report during the sessions resulted in improved quality of documentation, which contributed to better care following discharge. The technical problems that occurred did not detract from the beneficial experience of participating. Interviews with next of kin showed that they had been able to influence the content of the care during the care-planning sessions. Videoconferencing proved useful in coordinated care planning. It resulted in time saved due to reduced travel time, participation by more staff categories and an enhancement of the documentation quality.
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2005. Vol. 11, no 2, 85-92 p.
Aged, Geriatric Assessment/methods, Health Services Research, Health Services for the Aged/*organization & administration, Humans, Medical Records/standards, Patient Care Planning/*organization & administration, Patient Care Team, Sweden, Videoconferencing
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-9744PubMedID: 15829052OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-9744DiVA: diva2:149415