Affiliation: Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network, OHSU Clinician Perceptions of Aging Services Technologies (CPAST)
Funding Period: 2011 - 2012
Funding Source: Roybal Pilot
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The overarching goal of this study is to determine the monitoring needs of, optimal communication formats for, and infrastructure required to enable primary care clinicians to incorporate data from in-home monitoring technologies into routine care for older adult patients. However, the success of these technologies is ultimately dependent on the receptivity of potential users including older adults, family members, service providers and health professionals. This project will address a key gap in the research literature by investigating primary care clinician views toward monitoring technologies. Because clinicians and patients in remote and rural areas may be the most likely to benefit from monitoring technologies, this study will be conducted with rural primary care clinician members of a practice-based research network in Oregon. We anticipate that findings will inform other clinical contexts including urban settings. The products of this study will be: (a) findings from a systematic literature review on primary care clinician perceptions of the barriers and facilitators to incorporating remote monitoring technologies for older adults into primary care and (b) identification of preferred formats and processes for effectively integrating monitoring data into geriatric primary care. Therefore our specific aims are to:
1) Determine the in-home monitoring components that rural primary care clinicians perceive contribute to improved older adult patient care and outcomes.
2) Identify the optimal communication formats for delivering in-home monitoring data to primary care clinicians (including timing, content, modes of presentation) based on the current state of technologies.
3) Describe the infrastructure and processes necessary to effectively incorporate in-home monitoring data into primary care for older adults.