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Adoption of the Use of Smart Technology by Health-care Workers in Nursing Homes: an Exploratory Study

노인요양시설의 스마트 기술 도입에 대한 탐색적 연구 -요양시설 종사자 답변을 중심으로-

  • 이선형 (호서대학교 사회복지학부 노인복지전공) ;
  • 안준희 (호서대학교 사회복지학부 노인복지전공)
  • Received : 2014.06.20
  • Accepted : 2014.08.19
  • Published : 2014.08.28

Abstract

The purpose of this exploratory study is to examine if the application of smart technology(ST) would assist adjustment to the nursing home facilities in the elderly. Since there is not much previous research on this subject, we generated survey questionnaires on our own. Data were collected from the survey of 127 employees at 6 nursing homes including geriatric care workers, social workers and nurses who provide direct as well as indirect care services. Results showed that the utilization of ST would benefit the areas of family relationship support, health support, leisure support, and physical environment adjustment. As for physical environment adjustment, study participants reported that ST would help elders familiarize employees and find directions for specific space the most. As for health support, ST would be best utilized as a security sensor and program alarm system. As for support for family relationship, ST was expected to be utilized as looking at family pictures and playing with self pictures/videos. As for leisure support, ST was expected to assist elders to listen to music and watch movies/TV. These results were different according to the characteristics of the participants and the smartifacts. These results of the study will show the direction for more in-depth studies on application of smart technology for the elderly in the future.

Keywords

Smart Technology;Elderly;Nursing Home;Exploratory Research

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 한국연구재단

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