This project will investigate the development of distributed home care solutions. Specifically, it will focus on the role of technology in the delivery of home care services at a distance, targeted at three user groups; the frail elderly, the chronically ill and persons suffering from terminal illness. The study sets out to examine current practices in three related fields: 1)the use of telecare solutions in home care for the frail elderly and chronically ill, 2) ECG heart monitoring and rehabilitation of patients with heart failure 3) care for dying patients entering into a palliative trajectory. Special emphasis is given to the role of geography (Oslo area versus Northern Norway) and the role of patients and informal caregivers. Through a critical ana lysis of the dynamics that facilitate or hamper the coordination and integration of care, the study explores the transformational work required for the emergence of innovative, user-centered, distributed home care solutions in a Norwegian context. This study draws on a repertoire of theoretical and methodological resources from important strands of health care research that are informed by recent developments in social studies of science, technology and medicine, of socially embedded knowledge practices and technology. Also the project involves the close collaboration and formal engagement in two EU-founded research projects on telecare and eHealth: the EFORTT-project (to be completed in 2011) and ICT for health, which runs until 2013.The three empiric al, ethnographic case studies employ participant observation, formal and informal interviews, focus group interviews and document analysis as the main data collection techniques. Building on the joint outcomes from these case studies, the aim of the proje ct is to achieve interdisciplinary knowledge on the development and coordination of innovative home care solutions and to formulate implications for policy making.
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