Home internet use among hospice service recipients: Recommendations for web-based interventions

Karla T. Washington, George Demiris, Debra Parker Oliver, Michele Day

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A growing number of researchers are exploring strategies to improve hospice care through the use of web-based technologies. This study of 50 hospice patients and caregivers was conducted in order to obtain data describing home internet use among hospice service recipients. Over half (58%) of respondents reported having home internet access, with most using a dial-up connection. Primary reasons for accessing the web included e-mail and information searches. Findings suggest that the hospice industry should explore adopting web-based technologies as a strategy to enhance rather than replace traditional care. Providers must consider the strengths and potential limitations of patients and caregivers when designing online services. Specific recommendations for web-based hospice interventions are discussed at length.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-389
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Medical Systems
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2007


  • End-of-life
  • Hospice
  • Internet
  • Palliative care
  • Web-based interventions


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