Category Archives: Telecare

Award Winning Telehealth

Chief Executive of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust; Bridget Fletcher discusses how this Yorkshire Hospital is delivering unique, new and bespoke video consultation services to support patients in their own home and preventing unnecessary admissions to ED and inpatient beds. Reblogged from the British Geriatrics Society blogtelehealth

Overburdened A&E departments and hospital wards full to capacity are almost daily news items currently.  It is likely that the individual human stories behind those news items involve very many people over the age of 65 living with one or more long term conditions.  In fact statisticians tell us around 70% of our NHS resources in general are spent caring for patients living with long term conditions, much of which is re-active care rather than proactive. Continue reading

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Assessment of pain in older adults with dementia – there’s an app for that

Professor Pat Schofield leads research around pain, ageing and dementia at the University of Greenwich. She is the Chair of the Pain in Older People SIG at the British Pain Society. She describes the development and initial trial of a new Pain App that is targeted at frail, older patients.  This has been re-blogged from the British Geriatrics Society blogpain app

Pain in the older population is a common problem, and can be under-recognised and under-treated. Recent prevalence studies suggest that chronic pain exists in over 50% of community dwelling older adults and this increases to over 80% when we look at those living in long term care. We also know that the incidence of dementia in the UK and the rest of the world is high and set to increase significantly over the next 20 years. Continue reading

What role can social media play in healthcare?

Victoria Betton is a social media & mental health PhD researcher, Deputy Director at Leeds & York NHS PFT. She tweets at @VictoriaBetton and blogs atdigitalmentalhealth.co.uk. Re-blogged from the BGS blog.betton

Social media is the term used for online platforms which enable people to consume information as well as produce their own content – from 140 character updates on Twitter through to sharing photos on Instagram, and much more besides. Whether we use social networks or not, they are increasingly incorporated into day to day life, and not just for younger people:  Age UK report that the number of 55-64 year old internet users creating a social network profile rose by almost half last year, and many use social networking to keep in touch with family and friends and to reduce social isolation. Continue reading

Insights from the older adult population: new technology perceptions

Lisa Thomas is a Senior Researcher within the Psychology and Communication Technology (PaCT) Research Group in the Department of Psychology at Northumbria University. They tweet at @PaCTLab. (First published on the BGS blog)PactLab

In PaCT Lab at Northumbria University, the inclusion of older adults in research projects is commonplace. Digital technology holds the promise of enriching the lives of older adults, but many are still confused by it. Our research is aimed at understanding how to design technology to help older adults live healthier, more connected and socially engaged lives.  Continue reading

Independence through technology – how far have we come?

Published on the blog of the British Geriatrics Society
Mark S. Hawley is Professor of Health Services Research, University of Sheffield. Stuart G. Parker is Wm Leech Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Newcastle University.

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Telecare and telehealth are being championed as important components in the response to the needs of an ageing population. What happens when you ‘open the black box’ and take a look inside? A review of a large scale piece of research suggests the answer might not be as clear cut as we might like. Continue reading