Pandemic and Family Caregiving in Rural Areas. Reflections After a Participatory Digital Health Intervention in Valle Camonica

Autori/Curatori Niccolò Morelli
Anno di pubblicazione 2022 Fascicolo 2022/1 Lingua Inglese
Numero pagine 15 P. 113-127 Dimensione file 220 KB
DOI 10.3280/SES2022-001008
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The current pandemic has resulted in the withdrawal of all social and health services not aimed at combatting COVID-19. This has led to a weakening of care services for family caregivers, especially in remote areas. Moreover, the pandemic has revealed all the frailties of a socio-health system that rarely involves caregivers in the co-design of services. However, in recent years, there has been a debate about the importance of promoting participatory interventions to support carers. Digital health (DH) intervention has been suggested as a successful tool to as-sist remote carers and engage them. This article reflects on the outcomes of a participatory DH intervention in Valle Camonica for family caregivers. The results indicated how DH could be a valid solution to train caregivers safely and effectively, but also how these interventions could not be considered as a panacea for all the weaknesses of health and social services. Mutual psychological support and community belonging among caregivers are not optimal in a remote connection dimension. This article contributes to the literature on the engagement of caregivers in the co-design of care interventions, with particular attention to DH, by pointing out by pointing out certain aspects that need to be considered in the implementation amongst a fragile population in a rural setting.

Keywords:Digital Health; Covid 19; family caregiver; rural areas; engagement; intervention.

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Niccolò Morelli, Pandemic and Family Caregiving in Rural Areas. Reflections After a Participatory Digital Health Intervention in Valle Camonica in "SALUTE E SOCIETÀ" 1/2022, pp 113-127, DOI: 10.3280/SES2022-001008