E-health and technology

Led by Professor Ray Jones, the E-health and Technology Research Group is focused on the impact and implementation of e-health, on patients' use of the internet, and online collaborative learning between patients and professionals. Assessing the impact of e-health usually involves an interdisciplinary approach and we have projects and proposals at the various stages of evaluation from exploratory work, through pilots to randomised trials. At the moment we are particularly focused on embedding e-health in the nursing curriculum with our students as ‘agents of change’.

Examples of recent and current projects include:

We have developed and implemented e-learning methods (including use over more than a decade of webcasting with accompanying online discussion). We involve nursing students through Twitter (@PUNC14) in their online engagement with professionals and patient groups. Please see our recent publication on embedding Twitter as an assessed element of the undergraduate curriculum. One of our aims is to reduce unnecessary travel and reduce the carbon footprint (see sustainability, society and health). 

A major current interest is in dementia. E-health is a strand of work within the VOYAGE collaboration and you can view the lecture (2015) by Professor Jones that was part of a VOYAGE/IHC series on dementia. The lecture is on the use of technology in dementia.

There is considerable scope for applications for postgraduate research degrees in these areas.

You can find Professor Jones on Twitter and on Google Scholar

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