Samantha L. Connor

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This paper explores the emotional support needs and coping strategies of family carers derived from two focus group interviews, each group comprising seven family carers. The interviews were carried out in Northern Ireland as part of phase one of the ACTION (Assisting Carers using Telematics Interventions to meet Older persons Needs) project. The purpose of(More)
The objective of the research was to evaluate the usability of a multimedia software application that provides information on coping with difficult situations, dealing with everyday caring problems, and first aid for emergency situations. Casual users (family caregivers, professional caregivers, and older people) were invited to use the software application(More)
The aim of the article is to review evaluations of distance learning programmes in health information management, in order to identify the critical success factors for such programmes and discuss future directions. The emphasis is on the UK experience, based partly on reflections on the experience of one programme at University of Wales Aberystwyth (now(More)
BACKGROUND Increases in the older adult population are occurring simultaneously with a growth in new technology. Modern technology presents an opportunity to enhance the quality of life and independence of older people and their family carers through communication and access to health care information. AIM To evaluate the usability of a multimedia(More)
This paper describes a unique mental health practice development programme, which aims to integrate education, research, clinical practice and culture change, and promote collaboration between academics, researchers and healthcare practitioners to meet current government policy needs. The programme combines academic qualifications within the context of(More)
This paper presents evaluation data for an interactive software program designed to provide family carers with information, advice and psychological support by way of feedback of their coping capacity. The multimedia program consists of an information-based package that provides carers with advice on health promotion and relaxation and offers them a range(More)
OBJECTIVE This report describes the design and evaluation of a software application to help carers cope when faced with caring problems and emergencies. DESIGN The design process involved users at each stage to ensure the content of the software application was appropriate, and the research team carefully considered the requirements of disabled and(More)
There is widespread concern about alcohol and drug use and abuse among young people in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. Evaluations of current drug and alcohol education approaches have mixed findings and some methodological difficulties. This paper reports on exploratory research to explore the potential of technology to provide(More)
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