Trialling an electronic decision aid for policy developers to support ageing well
Cummings, E and Ellis, L and Tin, EE and Boyer, K and Orpin, P, Trialling an electronic decision aid for policy developers to support ageing well, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 208 pp. 114-118. ISSN 0926-9630 (2015) [Refereed Article]
The complex process of developing policies and planning services requires the compilation and collation of evidence from multiple sources. With the increasing numbers of people living longer there will be a high demand for a wide range of aged care services to support people in ageing well. The premise of ageing well is based on providing an .ageing population with quality care and resources that support their ongoing needs. These include affordable healthcare, end of life care improvement, mental .health services improvement, care and support improvement for people with dementia, and support for healthy ageing. The National Health and Medical Research Council funded a research project to develop a policy tool to provide a framework to assist policy makers and service planners in the area of ageing well in rural and regional Australia. It was identified that development of an electronic version of the policy tool could be useful resulting in .a small pilot development being undertaken and tested with policy makers and service planners. This paper describes the development and trialling of a tablet based application used to assess the acceptability of computerised forms for participants actively involved in policy development. It reports on .the policy developer's experience of the electronic tool to support ageing well policy making
based on evidence.
policy development, healthy ageing, e-policy tool, focus, groups, mobile technology, ageing well