Evid Based Nurs 12:32 doi:10.1136/ebn.12.1.32
  • Qualitative

Many older people felt that electronic care surveillance increased their safety and enabled them to live alone in their own homes

A Essén

Dr A Essén, School of Business, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden;


How do older people who live with telemonitoring devices feel about their privacy?


In-depth interviews.


Participants’ homes in Sweden.


A purposeful sample of 17 participants 68–96 years of age (53% women) who had been monitored for at least 6–7 months by a telemonitoring device, lived alone, and were exposed to potential health risks in their own homes.


In-depth, face-to-face interviews were conducted, each lasting 90–120 minutes. Questions were asked about participants’ experiences with their telemonitoring devices followed by a discussion of privacy and privacy threats. Interviews were recorded, transcribed, translated, and analysed for themes using an iterative process; notes were taken on non-verbal cues (ie, appearance, anxiety).


2 contrasting perspectives were found. (1) Care surveillance as enabling (n = 16). Most participants with telemonitoring devices felt privileged and …

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