The first time delivery of the first link learning series using Skype and YouTube

Wallack, Elizabeth M. (2016) The first time delivery of the first link learning series using Skype and YouTube. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Introduction: This case study documented the experiences of informal and service providers who participated in the first time delivery of the First Link Learning Series from May–August 2013 in Newfoundland and Labrador. The aim of this study was to understand how informal caregivers of people with dementia experience this Internet mediated health resource, and how Skype and YouTube can be used as tools for the Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador to effectively deliver the First Link Learning Series. Methods: Sources of data included key informant interviews (n=3), pre- study and post-study interviews with informal dementia caregivers (n=2), institutional documentation, field notes, and YouTube analytics. Framework Analysis was used to make meaning of the qualitative data, and descriptive statistics were used to report on quantitative outcomes. Findings: Between 3% and 17% of registered First Link clients attended the learning series sessions, however only two caregivers participated using Skype or YouTube. Framework Analysis revealed three shared themes: access, connection and privacy. Discussion: The themes helped to begin building theory about barriers and facilitators to Internet mediated health resources for informal dementia caregivers. Experiences of service providers using the Internet to support clients served to begin building a case for the appropriateness of these media. A modified version of Dansky et al.’s (2006) theoretical framework for evaluating E-Health research that situates the person/user in the model, helped guide discussion and propose future directions for the study of Internet based health resources for informal dementia caregivers.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 12109
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 116-134).
Keywords: Internet, Dementia, Health Resources, Caregiving
Department(s): Medicine, Faculty of > Community Health
Date: May 2016
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Dementia--Patients--Care; Caregivers--Services for; Health services administration--Computer network resources; Medical care--Computer network resources
Medical Subject Heading: Dementia; Patient Care; Caregivers; Health Services Administration; Computer Communication Networks--utilization; Social Media--utilization.

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