The Temporal Landscape of Residential Aged Care Facilities – Implications for Context-Sensitive Health Technology

Georgiou, Andrew, Tariq, Amina, & Westbrook, Johanna I. (2013) The Temporal Landscape of Residential Aged Care Facilities – Implications for Context-Sensitive Health Technology. In Beuscart-Zéphir, Marie-Catherine, Jaspers, Monique, Kuziemsky, Craig, Nøhr, Christian, & Aarts, Jos (Eds.) Context Sensitive Health Informatics: Human and Sociotechnical Approaches. IOS Press, Washington, DC, pp. 69-74.

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Health information technology (IT) can have a profound effect on the temporal flow and organisation of work. Yet research into the context, meaning and significance of temporal factors remains limited, most likely because of its complexity. This study outlines the role of communications in the context of the temporal and organizational landscape of seven Australian residential aged care facilities displaying a range of information exchange practices and health IT capacity. The study used qualitative and observational methods to identify temporal factors associated with internal and external modes of communication across the facilities and to explore the use of artifacts. The study concludes with a depiction of the temporal landscape of residential aged care particularly in regards to the way that work is allocated, prioritized, sequenced and coordinated. We argue that the temporal landscape involves key context-sensitive factors that are critical to understanding the way that humans accommodate to, and deal with health technologies, and which are therefore important for the delivery of safe and effective care.

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ID Code: 93929
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Long term care; Time; Evaluation studies; Communications; Aged care informatics; Organizational innovation
DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-293-6-69
ISBN: 9781614992936
ISSN: 1879-8365
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The authors
Copyright Statement: This article is published online with Open Access by IOS Press and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License.
Deposited On: 14 Apr 2016 01:48
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2016 06:05

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