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A day in the life of a Health Care Aide: Frontline perspectives on when, where, and how information and communication technologies could be helpful

  • Author / Creator
    Sekulic, Angela R
  • Background: The purpose of this focused ethnographic study was to gather a firsthand account of a day on the life of a Health Care Aide (HCA) in rural Alberta to see when, where, and how information and communication technologies (ICTs) could help support their work. Methods: Four HCAs working out of a rural home care office were shadowed and interviewed over two weeks. Findings: The HCAs in this study demonstrated an admirable commitment to providing care to their clients. They would often put their clients’ needs before risks to their own safety. Conclusion: Many of the challenges faced by HCAs in their work could be addressed by ICT solutions such as hand-held devices (smart phones, tablets) and their applications (“apps”). The HCAs studied reported being open to and accepting of ICTs to support them in their work as long as the selected device(s) did not interfere with client relationships.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-09
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3NP5J
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Specialization
    • Rehabilitation Science - Occupational Therapy
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Liu, Lili (Occupational Therapy)
    • Bremault-Phillips, Suzette (Occupational Therapy)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Esmail, Shaniff (Occupational Therapy)
    • King, Sharla (Educational Psychology)