Informing an assistive living technology intervention to prevent hospitalisations for home-dwelling older persons


Martha Therese Gjestsen


This thesis describes the process of planning an assistive living technology intervention for home-dwelling older persons receiving community care. The use of such technologies in the community care setting is heralded as one answer to address the challenges facing the health care system, as well as a mean for the health and care services to improve, simplify and enhance the efficiency of their activities. Although the implementation of assistive living technologies is complex, the implementation is informed basically in two ways—directly, based on empirical reports, or indirectly, through systematic or meta-analytic reviews. The main objective of this thesis is to provide a theory and evidence-based rationale for applying an assistive living technology intervention in community care to prevent hospitalisations for older persons. By using hospital admissions which may be prevented as a case, exploring health care personnel’s and managers’ perspectives, and furthermore using existing theories and research concerning implementation, we have applied both an empirical and theoretical approach to inform a future assistive living technology intervention in the defined context. A socio-technical perspective has been applied; the different stakeholders involved on different organisational levels and the framework conditions constitute the socio technical system in the study, implying that a multi-level approach is appropriate to help identify potential barriers and incentives for the implementation of assistive living technologies in community care. Furthermore, has the Model for Understanding Success in Quality (MUSIQ) provided guidance to identify contextual factors likely to influence a future implementation process.

Author Biography

Martha Therese Gjestsen

Stavanger University Hospital


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