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Identifying motives for implementing ehealth by using activity theory
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1421-868X
2020 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 12, no 4, article id 1298Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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eHealth interventions are utilized as a solution to address the current demographic challenges in society, as the number of old people increases. Thus, working life, work practice, and professional requirements needed for providing healthcare services will be transformed. The aim of this paper is to explore contradictive motives regarding the professionals’ work practice when introducing innovative eHealth technologies in Scandinavian healthcare services at a municipal level. The study is based on two qualitative group interviews where nurses, assistant nurses, occupational and physiotherapists, as well as project managers participated. Two persons from an IT department were also interviewed. The interviews were analyzed by thematic analysis. The activity theory is used to explore the individuals’ different contradictive motives in this work practice. The work practice consists of a collaborative activity, where expansive learning is important in this transformation of work to obtain a sustainable society. The motives identified in this study are to (1) improve quality of life for the patients, (2) create attractive and interesting work for the employees, (3) save money for the municipality, (4) learn about new technology, and (5) use the municipality’s resources effectively. © 2020 by the authors.

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MDPI AG , 2020. Vol. 12, no 4, article id 1298
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health care; health policy; identification method; innovation; policy implementation; quality of life; sustainability; theoretical study, Scandinavia
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-15080DOI: 10.3390/su12041298ISI: 000522460200016Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85081275190OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-15080DiVA, id: diva2:1416894
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