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THE EXPERIENCE OF CAREGIVERS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN A PROJECT THAT USED SMS AS A TOOL TO IMPROVE INFORMATION ACCESS AND SOCIAL INTERACTION IN AN UNDER-RESOURCED COLOMBIAN COMMUNITY Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
health promotion
action research
M4D
information access
occupational therapy
ICT4D
Colombia
social exclusion
SMS
occupational justice
social interaction
social isolation
community-based research
ICT
mobile phone
text messaging
development
information and communication technology
mhealth
social media
disability
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Barlott, Timothy
Supervisor and department
Adams, Kim (Rehabilitation Medicine)
Examining committee member and department
Gow, Gordon (Extension)
Cook, Albert (Speech Pathology and Audiology)
Department
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
Specialization
Rehabilitation Medicine - Occupational Therapy
Date accepted
2013-09-27T19:59:25Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The community of El Codito, an under-resourced Bogota community, has a high population density with the majority living under the poverty line. People with disabilities (PWD) and their caregivers in El Codito experience a lack of access to health information and are socially isolated. This community-based research project used SMS, on basic mobile phones, as a tool for information access and social interaction with 8 caregivers of PWD in El Codito. Using primarily qualitative methods, the research explored: 1) the experience of caregivers in the project, 2) the opinions and use of mobile phones and 3) sustainability considerations and constraints. Caregivers experienced the project as a window to possibility; the possibility of a social support network, the possibility of community participation and the possibility of change. The presence of mobile phone use in El Codito, and many under resourced communities, provides a feasible method for reducing the exclusion of PWD and caregivers.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R38146
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