Narrative Review: Technologies in Eldercare

  • Susanne Frennert
  • Britt Östlund

Abstract

Background: Welfare technology is a concept that appears as one of the answers to how to meet the need for care in growing older populations. Although technology has been used for decades in eldercare, it is under-problematized and there is a lack of knowledge about how effective it really is.

 

Objectives: This paper reviews the usage of technologies in eldercare and describes determinants of successful implementation of technologies in eldercare. The review aims to summarize and critically evaluate important aspects of technology usage in eldercare.

 

Method: A narrative review method was selected for analysis of the literature. Through applying a narrative perspective to review the literature on technologies in eldercare, a broad understanding is gained of the contextual factors and main key success factors of implementing technologies in eldercare.

 

Result: The review yield 71 publications related to technologies in eldercare. Seven themes were identified: (1) curriculum of technologies in eldercare; (2) on technologies; (3) evaluation models; (4) key success factors; (5) perception – care personnel; (6) perception – older users; and (7) controversies and dilemmas

 

Discussion and Implications: The result of the review shows that technologies in eldercare are promoted to enable more seamless, efficient, patient-centered and safe care, however technologies might be contributing to making eldercare more fragmented, time-consuming, technology-centered and risky. Technologies in eldercare are only as successful and suitable as organizational culture, infrastructure and management practice allow them to be.

Author Biographies

Susanne Frennert

Researcher, PhD 

KTH, Royal Institute of Technology

Department of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

Hälsovägen 11C, 141 21 Huddinge Sweden

Phone: +46-8-790 97 49

E-mail: susafren@kth.se

https://www.kth.se/profile/susafren

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Susanne_Frennert 

Britt Östlund

Professor, PhD

KTH, Royal Institute of Technology

Department of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

Hälsovägen 11C, 141 21 Huddinge Sweden

Phone: +46 709 18 40 73

E-mail: brittost@kth.se

www.kth.se/sth/forskning/halso-och-systemvetenskap/teknisk-vardvetenska

Published
2018-09-14
Section
Peer-Reviewed Articles