Navigating the care system: feasibility and acceptability of the use of ICT to support older people with multimorbidity

Vos, Jolien (2017) Navigating the care system: feasibility and acceptability of the use of ICT to support older people with multimorbidity. PhD thesis, University of Lincoln.

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Health and social care systems, primarily designed for people with single diseases rather than those with multimorbidity (two or more long-term conditions [LTCs]), are becoming more complex. With increases in the older population, a rise of multimorbidity and greater fragmentation in the care landscape, little is known about how multimorbidity affects the patient’s task to find appropriate care in the right place and at the right time (i.e. care navigation). Difficulties in care navigation have proven to cause delays in access and use of inappropriate services. For older individuals with a number of LTCs, there is an urgent need to support them in appropriately navigating the care system to maximise their health and wellbeing.
Using a mixed method design, this study aims to map the personal care network (PCN) of older people (aged 55 years and over) with multimorbidity. It explores the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to support this patient group in finding their way through the care system. The research involves three stages, addressing the overall question: “Navigating the care system: what is feasible and acceptable with regard to the use of ICT to support older people with multimorbidity?”
A scoping review brings together the limited literature on care navigation in older people with multimorbidity and identifies gaps in knowledge. The results demonstrate that navigating the care system is perceived to be a daunting task for many patients. Patients have to learn through experience, rather than being able to rely on systems and actors within the care environment. The gaps in knowledge and practice, identified in the scoping review, are the drivers of the second stage of the study. Stage two investigates from a patients’ perspective, the structure and composition of the PCN surrounding older people with multimorbidity. People and services (actors) involved in the care for this patient group are explored through

Keywords:Co-morbidity, Multimorbidity, Health care, Older people
Subjects:L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:28656
Deposited On:31 Aug 2017 10:58

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