The experiences, concerns, and receptivity in accessing digital health information and resources in caregivers of older adults with major neurocognitive disorder seen in a private psychogeriatric practice in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University
ENGLISH SUMMARY: Introduction: The financial and human resources needed for the development and maintenance of an internet-based cognitive disorder resource are significant. These resources may aid in improving caregiver burden and patient quality of life. Exploring the reasons for the apparent underutilization of these resources can lead to a targeted internet-based resources that are accessible, service user friendly and utilized efficiently. Methodology: This was a qualitative study using an interpretive methodology. A purposive heterogeneous sampling method was used to select 12 caregivers of patients who met the inclusion criteria in the research setting at a private psychogeriatric practice in Cape Town, South Africa. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews that were guided by a leading question and a set list of conversational prompts. The semi-structured interviews were digitally recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed in a 6-step thematic analysis approach. Results: The verification sessions revealed the following main themes: i) lack of resources and the cost of accessing internet, ii) knowledge deficits, iii) information requirements and iv) receptiveness or perceptions. Conclusion: This study provides the valuable points of departure for internet-based resources. Caregivers in our study were enthusiastic about utilising these resources. They are also willing to provide feedback in terms of the type of information that would be helpful to them. Whilst caregivers see the value of internet-based resources, there is still a need for human contact or interactions e.g., with health professionals and through support groups. Perceptions were positive towards utilising mHealth psychiatric resources in the care of their family member that suffers from NCD. Barriers to accessing these resources include high data costs. Free data access to trustworthy, internet-based caregiver support tools should be explored in future.
AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Geen opsomming beskikbaar.
Thesis (MPhil)--Stellenbosch University, 2023.