This US systematic review investigates the potential of telehealth applications and tools to facilitate caregiving. Consumer health information technology (CHIT) interventions and applications are defined as electronic tools or technologies intended for use by consumers, by patients or family members, that interact directly with users for the management of their health or healthcare, and in which data, information, or other recommendations are tailored and / or personalised. These systems may or may not link to healthcare professionals or health services. This report identifies US studies of CHIT applications which support the needs of caregivers, examines the use and effects of CHIT applications on caregiver burden and patient outcomes and identifies gaps in the literature.
Dyer, EA. Kansagara, D. [and] McInnes, DK. (2012). Mobile applications and internet-based approaches for supporting non-professional caregivers: a systematic review. Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program Reports. November 2012, Online E-book.
Social Media for Dementia Care Practitioners (JDC)
A more recent UK article explores the role of social media in facilitating the activities of dementia care practitioners.
Clasper, K. Conlon, S. [and] Evans, S. [et al] (2013). What can social media offer dementia care practitioners? The Journal of Dementia Care, January / February 2013, Vol.21(1), pp.10-11.
Solomon, E. (2013). Why it’s important to get older people and carers confident online: rates of digital exclusion in social care are higher than in the general population. Guardian Professional, April 22nd 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].