About the course
Technology has become an increasingly important part of everyday life for all of us, and the use of welfare and health technologies has become more common and established in healthcare.
We see an increased use of welfare and health technologies in hospitals, communities and in health clinics inclusive by the general practitioners. The citizens might stay longer in their own home with the possibility of obtaining improved quality of life being more independent and having personal freedom.
The development and deployment of welfare and health technologies in the community demand innovative skills and theoretically based considerations concerning the use of technology. We need to modernize and optimize public health services related to healthcare correctly, why technological knowledge and an ethical reflected implementation process is essential and of utmost importance to obtain successful results. This requires a thorough introduction to the users of all aspects related to welfare and health technologies, e.g. students in healthcare professions, health professionals and the citizens. The course contains learning topics that attempt to cover these challenges.
The course is worth 10 ECTS points, divided into theory (4 ECTS) and application (6 ECTS).
Aims and objectives
The aim is that the students obtain extended knowledge about welfare and health technologies promoting health in the healthcare sector and develop the required skills and competences by discussing and evaluating topics and methods. The Aim is also to ensure the dissemination of the potential use of welfare technologies worldwide.
- Definitions of the following terms: technology, welfare technology, health technology, telemedicine, apps used in healthcare
- The variation of health technology – and presented solutions promoting health. E.g. welfare technologies, telemedicine and apps
- Promotion of health with technology
- Appreciative communication
- Motivational theory
- Ethic and considerations using technology
- Psychology related to and using technology
- Assessment methods concerning welfare technologies, telemedicine solutions and regarding the use of apps
- Self-elected topics by the students, e.g. artificial intelligence, big data, virtual reality as potentials in healthcare promoting health
- Promoting health with technologies
- Interdisciplinary and mono-disciplinary interventions in using, working and assessing the selected technology solutions promoting health
- Communicating appreciatively in groupwork
- Motivational approach in group work and using technology
- Considering ethic aspects related to and using technology
- Considering psychological aspects using technology
- Critical assessing different technologies, such as welfare technologies, telemedicine solutions and apps
- Extended knowledge using technology in healthcare
- Understanding the variation and potential of using technology in healthcare
- Technological profile regarding promotion of health via technologies, in particular regarding the six selected technologies
- Communicating appreciatively with students colleges in group work, and concerning technology projects
- Considering ethic aspects when using technology
- Psychological knowledgeable concerning the interference of and when using technology in healthcare
- Critical thinking and capable of assessing various type of technologies; e.g. welfare technologies, telemedicine solutions and regarding the use of apps
- Lessons by lectures
- Lessons by external lectures/professors
- Lessons by the student themselves (- the class will be divided in groups preparing topics/subjects in order to teach elected topics/subjects for the rest of the class)
- Literature research at CINAHL and PubMed e.g. some of the most widely used databases in Health Sciences
- Group work
- Project work in groups in order to present a problem, including field research
- Group work or individual work related to a written assignment
The students will work in groups with a self-elected health topic and technology during the first five weeks. All students must participate in the lessons prepared by students. Each group presents the project with opponents from a second group, which must prepare questions referring to the subject of the presentation in the end of week 5. The last week each student elaborate an abstract related to the group project. The approval is giving by participation at all presentations of the groups, participation in all student lessons and handing in the individual abstract on 3 pages (- max 7200 signs incl. space, front page and a literature list on max. 1 page = totally 5 pages).
The individual abstract will be rated according to learning objectives and the 7-scale (BEK nr. 114 af 03/02/2015). The individual abstract must be uploaded in the program, WISEflow, at University College Copenhagen /KP latest Friday at 12.00 pm – week 41/12.
Content of the abstract
Background (e.g. at a macro, meso and micro level)
- What is the problem? How big is the problem? Why is it interesting? What do we know? What do we not know? Why is it important? How does it affect the citizens/patients? Condition? Technology?
Aim/problem, hypothesis (main question and eventually additional questions)
Method (project and technology)
- Literature search
- Resume of any interviews you might have performed (In this part you have to show how you have obtained the knowledge presented)
- Technology (e.g. Müller (comprehension of the term technology), VTV, HTA/MTV, MAST (assessment models)), Ethics, Motivation (e.g. Bandura), Other…
Reflections – Analysis
- Profession as nurse and/or physical therapist, PRO’s and CON’s
- All reflections and analysis must be based on theory!
Conclusion – Perspective
- Your conclusion upon what you have read, seen in eventual field work and worked with
- “Where do you go from here?” (Maybe a need for an additional technology)