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

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hospice, internet, Web-based interventions, palliative care, end-of-life


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.

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Washington, Karla T., George Demiris, Debra Parker Oliver, and Michele Day. "Home Internet use among hospice service recipients: Recommendations for web-based interventions." Journal of medical systems 31, no. 5 (2007): 385.

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