Quantifying beliefs regarding telehealth: Development of the Whole Systems Demonstrator Service User Technology Acceptability Questionnaire

Hirani, S. P., Rixon, L., Beynon, M., Cartwright, M., Cleanthous, S., Selva, A., Sanders, C. & Newman, S. P. (2016). Quantifying beliefs regarding telehealth: Development of the Whole Systems Demonstrator Service User Technology Acceptability Questionnaire. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 23(4), pp. 460-469. doi: 10.1177/1357633X16649531

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Abstract

Introduction: Telehealth (TH) is a potential solution to the increased incidence of chronic illness in an ageing population.The extent to which older people and users with chronic conditions accept and adhere to using assistive technologies is a potential barrier to mainstreaming the service. This study reports the development and validation of the Whole Systems Demonstrator (WSD) Service User Technology Acceptability Questionnaire (SUTAQ).

Methods: Questionnaires measuring the acceptability of TH, quality of life, well-being and psychological processes were completed by 478 users of TH. The 22 acceptability items were subject to principal components analysis (PCA) to determine sub-scales. Scale scores, relationships between scales and other patient reported outcome measures (PROMs), and group differences on scales were utilised to check the reliability and validity of the measure.

Results: PCAs of SUTAQ items produced 6 TH acceptability scales: enhanced care, increased accessibility, privacy & discomfort, care personnel concerns, kit as substitution, and satisfaction. Scale scores indicated, individuals with long term conditions held beliefs. Significant correlations within these beliefs and between these scales and additional PROMs were coherent and the SUTAQ subscales were able to predict those more likely to refuse TH.

Discussion: The SUTAQ is an instrument that can be used to measure user beliefs about the acceptability of TH, and has the ability to discriminate and predict individual differences in beliefs and behaviour. Measuring acceptability beliefs of TH users can provide valuable information to direct and target provision of services to increase uptake and maintain use of TH.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © Copyright Sage 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: Telehealth; Acceptability; Self care; Adherence to telehealth; Beliefs about Telehealth.
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Healthcare Research Unit
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/14780

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