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Factors impacting intention to use smart technology enabled care services among family carers of older people in the context of long-distance care

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Code Science Field Subfield
5.03.00  Social sciences  Sociology   

Code Science Field
S215  Social sciences  Social problems and welfare, national insurance 

Code Science Field
5.04  Social Sciences  Sociology 
Keywords
smart technology, family care, emocio-prostorski vidik oskrbe, časovno-prostorski vidik oskrbe, sprejemanje tehnologij
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Researchers (11)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  30704  PhD Jernej Berzelak  Public health (occupational safety)  Researcher  2019 - 2021  122 
2.  06124  MSc Irena Brinar  Political science  Technical associate  2019 - 2020  171 
3.  52570  Tomaž Burnik  Public health (occupational safety)  Researcher  2019 - 2020  14 
4.  31339  Tina Dolenc  Sociology  Technical associate  2019 - 2023 
5.  23424  PhD Vesna Dolničar  Sociology  Head  2019 - 2023  333 
6.  22639  PhD Simona Hvalič Touzery  Sociology  Researcher  2019 - 2023  497 
7.  33824  Lea Lebar  Sociology  Researcher  2019 - 2023  162 
8.  27574  PhD Andraž Petrovčič  Sociology  Researcher  2019 - 2023  290 
9.  31975  PhD Katja Prevodnik  Interdisciplinary research  Researcher  2020  57 
10.  38019  Mojca Šetinc  Sociology  Technical associate  2020 - 2023  49 
11.  30919  PhD Marina Trkman  Administrative and organisational sciences  Researcher  2021 - 2023  50 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0582  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences  Ljubljana  1626957  40,399 
Abstract
Family carers of older people in Slovenia represent the backbone of the Slovenian long-term care system, yet the support available to them is scarce and scattered. Currently, the Slovenian long-term care system is fragmented, and there is no long-term care policy that addresses this type of care holistically. This places additional pressure on families to provide care. An under-investigated group of family carers are so-called distant family carers, who face several unique challenges which are not properly met. Developments in assistive telecare (AT) systems have created new spaces of care, enabling care at a distance and reshaping care and care relationships both within and across the traditional boundaries of the home. However, Slovenia is still lagging in the implementation of assistive telecare systems. A preliminary literature review shows that there is a lack of research that would empirically test the acceptance and outcomes of assistive telecare system use for family carers of older people within a spatial context of care. The proposed project addresses issues that are highly relevant to general social science and narrows existing knowledge gaps by pursuing the following objectives: developing an innovative and currently non-existent socio-technical theoretical framework of the acceptability of assistive telecare systems and the outcomes of their use for distant and proximate family carers of older people, taking into consideration the spatial context of family care; empirically validating a theoretical assistive telecare system acceptance model for distant and proximate family carers of older people, on a representative sample of family carers of older people, considering attitudinal, behavioural and contextual factors, including the emotio-spatial and time-spatial context of care and the caregiving situation; providing new knowledge on the outcomes of a tested stand-alone assistive telecare solution in real-life settings, focusing on (1) emotio-spatial and time-spatial aspects of care partnerships and (2) the characteristics of distant and proximate family carers of older people (coping, burden, wellbeing) and their caregiving situations; providing currently still non-existent and urgently needed representative data on Slovenian family carers of older people, including their characteristics, contexts, experiences and family caregiving situations; developing an original segmentation model of family carers’ assistive telecare system acceptance in the spatial context and corresponding personas of family carers of older people. The above objectives will be achieved by conducting a pioneering nation-wide representative survey and a mixed-method intervention study among family carers of older people. The proposed study will be conducted among (1) family carers of older people in the general population, who will be included in the national representative survey, and (2) a subgroup of family carers of older people (distant carers and proximate family carers) who will test and evaluate the innovative stand-alone assistive telecare solution GoLiveClip, which is available in the international market (but not yet in Slovenia). The project team has extensive experience with large-scale international projects (FP6-7, H2020, Erasmus+, Interreg, EC tenders) in the fields of long-term care, informal care and telecare and telehealth interventions. The quality and feasibility of the project is assured by the close involvement of globally leading scholars as Scientific Advisory Board members, who all have long-standing cooperation with the project team members.
Significance for science
The project will address several unexplored research gaps by developing an original socio-technical theory-driven framework and by conducting a nationally representative survey among family carers (FCs) of older people (OP) and intervention study with baseline and follow-up surveys and semi-structured interviews with FCs: It will take into specific consideration the spatial context of care as a factor impacting the acceptance of assistive telecare (AT) systems among FCs of OP. These results will enable an empirical validation of a new theoretical AT acceptance model for FCs of OP. It will look into the role of AT in care provision from the spatial perspective. In particular, it will focus on the outcomes of AT use in real-life settings (such as well-being of FCs and their relationships with OP) with regard to an emotio-spatial context of care and time-spatial organization of care. A cutting edge standalone AT (which is not yet available in Slovenia) will be assessed. It will develop the original segmentation model of family carers’ AT acceptance and corresponding personas of FCs within the spatial context. FCs will be clustered in heterogeneous segments with distinguishable demographic and life-course properties. The proposed project will be the first in Slovenia to conduct a nationally representative survey among FCs of OPs. This study will not only provide an important insight on FCs’ needs and acceptability of AT but also (in Slovenia non-existent) information on their well-being, health status, caregiving situation, experiences with care, burden and coping. With this data, the project will inform Slovenian policy makers who are preparing the Long-term Care Act, which is expected to help the quality and sustainability of social and healthcare systems. The theory-driven and evidence-based results are urgently needed and expected. The project’s scientific viability is based on the collaboration of a multi-disciplinary team of excellent home researchers and foreign experts in different fields that are expected to be highly impacted by the project’s results: sociology of ageing and Active Assisted Living Programme (Prof. Lamura, Prof. Sixsmith), gerontechnology (Prof. Charness), health and social informatics (Prof. Taipale). The project will also involve two leading practitioners: Mr. Horsfield, the digital, innovation and research lead who is introducing and implementing the AT programme at NHS UK, and Mr. Verbeek, founder and managing director of GoCiety Solutions, the company that develops and offers GoLiveClip. Given the past references of the research team and strong collaboration with many excellent experts, it is expected that the deliverables will receive global recognition, e.g. joint international projects, publications, conference sessions and workshops. Results of the project are expected to be published in top scientific publications (two scientific articles in journals that are ranked within the top 10% and five additional international publications). Knowledge sharing will also be conducted through visiting lectures.
Significance for the country
The project will address several unexplored research gaps by developing an original socio-technical theory-driven framework and by conducting a nationally representative survey among family carers (FCs) of older people (OP) and intervention study with baseline and follow-up surveys and semi-structured interviews with FCs: It will take into specific consideration the spatial context of care as a factor impacting the acceptance of assistive telecare (AT) systems among FCs of OP. These results will enable an empirical validation of a new theoretical AT acceptance model for FCs of OP. It will look into the role of AT in care provision from the spatial perspective. In particular, it will focus on the outcomes of AT use in real-life settings (such as well-being of FCs and their relationships with OP) with regard to an emotio-spatial context of care and time-spatial organization of care. A cutting edge standalone AT (which is not yet available in Slovenia) will be assessed. It will develop the original segmentation model of family carers’ AT acceptance and corresponding personas of FCs within the spatial context. FCs will be clustered in heterogeneous segments with distinguishable demographic and life-course properties. The proposed project will be the first in Slovenia to conduct a nationally representative survey among FCs of OPs. This study will not only provide an important insight on FCs’ needs and acceptability of AT but also (in Slovenia non-existent) information on their well-being, health status, caregiving situation, experiences with care, burden and coping. With this data, the project will inform Slovenian policy makers who are preparing the Long-term Care Act, which is expected to help the quality and sustainability of social and healthcare systems. The theory-driven and evidence-based results are urgently needed and expected. The project’s scientific viability is based on the collaboration of a multi-disciplinary team of excellent home researchers and foreign experts in different fields that are expected to be highly impacted by the project’s results: sociology of ageing and Active Assisted Living Programme (Prof. Lamura, Prof. Sixsmith), gerontechnology (Prof. Charness), health and social informatics (Prof. Taipale). The project will also involve two leading practitioners: Mr. Horsfield, the digital, innovation and research lead who is introducing and implementing the AT programme at NHS UK, and Mr. Verbeek, founder and managing director of GoCiety Solutions, the company that develops and offers GoLiveClip. Given the past references of the research team and strong collaboration with many excellent experts, it is expected that the deliverables will receive global recognition, e.g. joint international projects, publications, conference sessions and workshops. Results of the project are expected to be published in top scientific publications (two scientific articles in journals that are ranked within the top 10% and five additional international publications). Knowledge sharing will also be conducted through visiting lectures.
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