A Preliminary Investigation of the Use of Videophone Technology as a Training Tool for Students Working with Older Adults

Jennifer A.V. Wood, Jo Ann O'quin, Susan Eftink

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine changes in student's attitudes toward the use of low-cost videophone equipment as a tool for interacting with elderly residents. Students enrolled in four undergraduate social work courses were asked to observe and participate in a social history interview with a resident volunteer from an assisted-living facility located in north Mississippi. In order to measure changes in participants' attitudes toward technology, students completed the Student Telecommunication Satisfaction Questionnaire prior to and immediately after observing the interview. It was hypothesized that students would demonstrate a positive increase in their attitude toward the use of technology to deliver health care services after being exposed to such technology. The results of this study provide partial support for the hypothesis. In general, students responded positively to the use of video phone technology as a means of augmenting more traditional forms of communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-46
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Teaching in Social Work
Volume24
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 21 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Social work
  • Technology
  • Telehealth
  • Telehealth
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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