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Literature Review and Synthesis on Tele-homecare and Family Caregiving
R.W. Pong, J.C. Hogenbirk, N. Young, S. Lemieux*, and L.J. Liboiron-Grenier*

Tele-homecare programs are increasing in number and prominence. But while there is good evidence that many of the programs are effective, little is known about the effect tele-homecare has on family or informal caregivers. This knowledge is particularly important, given the fact that much of the care in the home setting is provided by family caregivers.

CRaNHR, in collaboration with a researcher at the Hospital for Sick Children, conducted a literature review and synthesis of tele-homecare, with a focus on its impact on family caregiving. The synthesis also included a comprehensive description of tele-homecare projects in Canada and selected international tele-homecare projects. The research team examined the real and potential advantages/disadvantages of tele-homecare in support of family caregivers, with a view to helping determine new directions for homecare research and policy.

(funded by Health Canada)

[To read the final report "How Can Telehomecare Support Informal Care? Examining What is Known and Exploring the Potential", please visit our Online Reports page.]



(Names in bold denote CRaNHR investigators and research staff. Names with an * denote former CRaNHR investigators and research staff.)