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The Potential of ICT in Supporting Domiciliary Care in Spain

  • Authors: Christine Redecker, Juan Reig, Trinidad CarriĆ³n, Sara Martinez, Manuel Armayones, Desmond McCarthy and Manuel Fernandez
  • EUR Number: 24568 EN
  • Publication date: 11/2010


This report documents the findings of the study on the potential of ICT in supporting the provision of domiciliary care in Spain, with particular attention to the case of immigrant care workers and informal caregivers. This country study was launched by JRC-IPTS in 2008 in parallel with two complementary country studies, assessing the situation in Germany and the UK, with the same focus and objectives. All three studies were prompted by the findings of a previous exploratory study on the use of ICT by immigrant care workers in Italy.
This report gives an overview on the situation of domiciliary care in Spain, outlining the current use of ICT in home care and gathering evidence on ICT initiatives for domiciliary caregivers. It investigates the opportunities for ICT in home care and identifies drivers and barriers for the deployment of ICT by caregivers with a particular focus on migrant care assistants. The research undertaken in this and the other national reports is exploratory in nature. The study employs a triangulation of methods, comprising deskbased analysis of existing data and scientific publications; analysis of information and service web sites; and fieldwork involving direct questioning of experts, service providers, and a sample of carers and care assistants, including immigrants.

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