Arianna Poli

Arianna Poli
Linköping University | LiU · Division Ageing and Social Change (ASC)

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
My work focuses on understanding whether introducing new digital health technologies into the healthcare provision reinforces old-age exclusion and inequalities. Supported by previous research findings, policy strategies and technological advances foster a digital transformation that may favour some and disadvantage other social groups. This may be also based on selective research approaches and evaluation strategies in this field. For example, some older people are systematically underrepresented in research testing new digital health technologies. By analyzing the phenomenon of selective evaluation strategies in on-going studies, we try to illuminate possible old-age exclusion and inequalities deriving from the digital transformation of healthcare service provision.

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Technical Report
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The objective of Working Group (WG) 4 of the COST Action NET4Age-Friendly is to examine existing policies, advocacy, and funding opportunities and to build up relations with policy makers and funding organisations. Also, to synthesize and improve existing knowledge and models to develop from effective business and evaluation models, as well as to g...
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Much research is conducted to evaluate digital-based solutions for health-care services, but little is known about how such evaluations acknowledge diversity in later life. This study helps fill this gap and analyses participation in the evaluation of a web-based mobile phone system for monitoring the post-operative progress of patients after day s...
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The transition from traditional to progressively digitised health systems is leading to new forms of care including, for instance, telehealth and mobile health (mHealth) solutions. On the one hand, such solutions hold the potential for allowing easier, quicker and remote access to health care. On the other hand, digital health technologies can set...
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Background: The use of digital technologies is increasing in health care. However, studies evaluating digital health technologies can be characterized by selective nonparticipation of older people, although older people represent one of the main user groups of health care. Objective: We examined whether and how participation in an exergame inter...
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BACKGROUND The use of digital technologies is increasing in health care. However, studies evaluating digital health technologies can be characterized by selective nonparticipation of older people, although older people represent one of the main user groups of health care. OBJECTIVE We examined whether and how participation in an exergame intervent...
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Older adults with functional limitations constitute a vulnerable group with usually lower levels of health status and quality of life (QoL). In both Italy and Greece, informal care and privately-hired care workers are common measures for providing them continuous care and support, more than public care services. This situation might increase the ri...
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Background: Healthcare services are being increasingly digitalised in European countries. However, in studies evaluating digital health technology, some people are less likely to participate than others, e.g. those who are older, those with a lower level of education and those with poorer digital skills. Such non-participation in research - derivi...
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This article illustrates the implications of two recent trends on family carers' health: the employment of home-based migrant care workers; and the provision of web-based supports. The main factors traditionally associated with carers' health are used to analyse the results of a six-country study via a multilevel linear regression. Attention will b...
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InformCare is a European Web platform that supports informal caregivers of older people by providing access to online information and professional and peer support. The aim of this study was to assess the usage and usability of a psychosocial Web-based program carried out in three European countries (Italy, Sweden, and Germany). A mixed-methods seq...
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High expectations and large investments support research on innovative solutions for health delivered via information and communication technologies (ICTs). Several studies demonstrated promising results confirming the potentials of ICT-based tools for self-care in improving the quality of life of older people with long-term conditions and their fa...
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This presentation discusses how new technologies support family carers of older people with reference to the Eurocarers’ hub ‘InformCare’, the web-platform of support services for carers of older people co-funded by the European Union within the INNOVAGE project. After highlighting the status of technology-based services for carers in Europe, the m...
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This contribution provides insights from one of the four social innovations of the INNOVAGE project, focused on the development of the InformCare web platform for supporting informal caregivers of older people in Europe. The platform included information resources on different topics (major diseases in older age, public care services and benefits,...
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The contribution of family caregivers to long-term care of older people is a relevant issue. Family caregivers may face different psychological and social needs arising from the challenging caregiving situation. In this respect, webbased psychosocial programs are progressively being refined and demonstrating they can be effective in supporting care...
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Background: Informal caregiving is the main source of care for older people in Europe. An enormous amount of responsibility and care activity is on the shoulders of family caregivers, who might experience problems in their psychological well-being and in reconciling caregiving and their personal sphere. In order to alleviate such burden, there is i...
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The INNOVAGE project is dedicated to developing, surveying and cataloguing, social innovations for older people. Four new innovations will be developed and tested: a) social innovation for user – driven housing of older people, b) a web-platform for informal carers of older people, c) social intervention for improving obesity in old age, d) social...

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Approaches to design, evaluate and implement ICT-based tools and services to older people with long-term illness or disabilities are typically characterised by specific basic assumptions and narrow scopes in their realisation. Often, activation paradigms, quasi-laboratory conditions and selective test- groups shape these approaches. While in most cases this is done for appropriate reasons, they result in an implemented scope of the studies that does not live up to their great ambitions. Nevertheless, results are commonly generalised beyond the included groups to the entire population, and implementation based on these results may have distinct effects for specific groups of older people that vary greatly in health and socio-economic status (Eikemol at al. 2008; Mackenbach et al. 2008; Schöllgen et al. 2010) which is also confirmed in ageing studies in general (Kelfve et al. 2013). Moreover, a realisation of these measures, tools or services will not just add to the existing support systems, but will basically lead to a shift of resources available in the health care system to make health care spenditure more efficient. Therefore, it can also be asked who will benefit or suffer from these shifts that are based on possibly over-generalised results (Choudrie et al. 2013). This issue is of importance for the relevance of health care interventions with regard to inequality structures and may be posed taking into account the comprehensive overall gains and striking potentials unleashed by adequate ICT-based measures and services. Targeting this will add value to the further developments by securing more equal access to the advantages and, more efficient use of the resources invested.
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