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Supporting Family-Based Care for Aged Patients with Chronic Illness

Supporting Family-Based Care for Aged Patients with Chronic Illness
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Author(s): Lemai Nguyen (Deakin University, Australia)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 16
Source title: User-Driven Healthcare: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2770-3.ch008


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Family carers play an important role in care for aged patients with chronic illness, particularly in home and community settings. The information needs of these family carers and their patients are poorly understood and current health information systems do not adequately support their needs. This chapter describes current models in understanding patient and family carer information needs and analyses technology solutions in a new field of consumer health informatics. The analysis shows that current technology solutions in consumer health informatics fail to effectively support aged people in their own management of chronic illness and as well failing to support their family carers. The chapter also identifies key research issues in developing technologies that support aged patients and family carers in chronic illness management.

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