Collaboration applications for mixed home care - A systematic review of evaluations and outcomes

Autor(en): Renyi, Madeleine
Lindwedel-Reime, Ulrike
Blattert, Lisa
Teuteberg, Frank 
Kunze, Christophe
Stichwörter: COORDINATION; Elderly care; Evaluation studies; Health Care Sciences & Services; Home care; Intersectoral collaboration; Medical Informatics; Public, Environmental & Occupational Health; Systematic review
Erscheinungsdatum: 2020
Volumen: 36
Ausgabe: 4
Startseite: 395
Seitenende: 403
Objectives Mixed home care, in which informal and professional actors work closely together, contributes significantly to ensuring home care up to old age. In this context, collaboration applications can considerably enhance the interactions among caregivers. However, although much research is conducted on need and requirement analyses of such applications, little is known about their introduction and use in care models. The purpose of this contribution is to identify studies that evaluate collaboration applications for mixed home care and compare their outcomes. Methods To identify literature on mixed home care collaboration applications (mHCA) and their evaluation, a systematic literature review was conducted in five bibliographic databases covering the years 2008 through 2019. The results were supplemented by a search in the meta-database Google Scholar. The evaluation approaches of the studies were analyzed and results compared by using the NASSS framework. Finally, a context concretized model was derived which summarizes interrelations. Results Twelve qualitative studies evaluating eleven applications could be identified. They report on increased competency in self-management, psychological relatedness, involvement, and understanding. However, most studies conclude that large scale platform tests are still needed to prove significant changes in care processes, communication, or organization. Conclusion Among other things, their implementation is rather difficult due to the specifics of the target group. To enable a more targeted and successful implementation, it might be helpful to classify care networks beforehand and assess their communication behavior and needs. To prove the added value of mHCAs standardized assessment tools should be used.
ISSN: 02664623
DOI: 10.1017/S0266462320000458

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