Carers’ views – The Vital Ingredient STICKY

The main objective of the TECH CARE project is to introduce and train formal/informal caregivers, health care and personal care workers in LTC on acting as evaluators and primary level counselors upon the ethical and practical challenges that determine the acceptability of ALT’s into home and community care.

As a first step towards this objective,  during the months of June – September  2018, TechCare partners will conduct a series of interviews with formal caregivers (nurses, physical therapists, and social workers) and with informal caregivers, namely  unqualified caregivers, or relatives of chronic disease patients.

Interviews will focus on outlining the way ALTs affect patients and their caregivers, in basic ethical and practical aspects of their everyday reality. The interviews are also aimed at investigating what issues caregivers believe to be  important in order to improve patients’ wellbeing and to support care giving tasks.

For evaluating the results of the interviews, we have selected the UTAUT model (Venkatesh, V., Morris, M. G., Davis, G. B., & Davis, F. D. (2003). “User acceptance of information technology: Toward a unified view.” MIS quarterly, 425-478). This model has been adapted to evaluate technology acceptance in term of performance expectancy, effort expectancy, and attitude towards using technology, self-efficacy, and forms of grouping, attachment, and reciprocity. The UTAUT scale is based on the well-established Technology Acceptance Model (TAM), which is the most commonly used model in the field of technology acceptance.