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Journal of Medical Systems

, 31:385 | Cite as

Home Internet Use among Hospice Service Recipients: Recommendations for Web-Based Interventions

  • Karla T. Washington
  • George Demiris
  • Debra Parker Oliver
  • Michele Day
Article

Abstract

A growing number of researchers are exploring strategies to improve hospice care through the use of web-based technologies. This study of 50 hospice patients and caregivers was conducted in order to obtain data describing home internet use among hospice service recipients. Over half (58%) of respondents reported having home internet access, with most using a dial-up connection. Primary reasons for accessing the web included e-mail and information searches. Findings suggest that the hospice industry should explore adopting web-based technologies as a strategy to enhance rather than replace traditional care. Providers must consider the strengths and potential limitations of patients and caregivers when designing online services. Specific recommendations for web-based hospice interventions are discussed at length.

Keywords

Hospice Internet Web-based interventions Palliative care End-of-life 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This project was funded in part by the John A. Hartford Foundation Social Work Faculty Scholars Program, the University of Missouri Research Board, and the National Cancer Institute R21CA1201790-02.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karla T. Washington
    • 1
  • George Demiris
    • 2
  • Debra Parker Oliver
    • 3
  • Michele Day
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of Missouri-ColumbiaColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, School of Nursing & Biomedical and Health InformaticsSchool of Medicine, University of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Family and Community MedicineUniversity of Missouri-ColumbiaColumbiaUSA

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