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Development of a program for tele-rehabilitation of COPD patients across sectors: co-innovation in a network

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Birthe Dinesen ,

Aalborg University, DK
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PhD, Assistant professor, Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Fredrik BajersVej 7 D1, DK-9220 Aalborg, Denmark

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Janne Seemann,

Aalborg University, DK
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PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Social Work and Organisation, Aalborg University, Kroghstraede 7, DK-9220 Aalborg, Denmark

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Jeppe Gustafsson

Aalborg University, DK
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PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Business Studies, Aalborg University, Fibigerstraede 4, DK-9220Aalborg , Denmark

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Abstract

Introduction: The aim of the Telekat project is to prevent re-admissions of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by developing a preventive programof tele-rehabilitation across sectors for COPD patients. The development of the program is based on a co-innovation process between COPD patients, relatives, healthcare professionals and representatives from private firms and universities. This paper discusses theobstacles that arise in the co-innovation process of developing an integrated technique for tele-rehabilitation of COPD patients.

Theory: Network and innovation theory.

Methods: The casestudy was applied. A triangulation of data collection techniques was used: documents, observations (123 hours), qualitative interviews (n=32) and action research.

Findings: Obstacles were identified in the network context; these obstacles included the mindset of the healthcare professionals, inter-professionals relations, views of technology as a tool and competing visions for the goals of tele-rehabilitation.

Conclusion: We have identified obstacles that emerge in the co-innovation process when developing a programme for tele-rehabilitation of COPD patients in an inter-organizational context. Action research has been carried out and can have helped to facilitate the co-innovation process.

How to Cite: Dinesen B, Seemann J, Gustafsson J. Development of a program for tele-rehabilitation of COPD patients across sectors: co-innovation in a network. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2011;11(1):None. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.582
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Published on 24 Mar 2011.
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