A1 Journal article (refereed)
Teknologisten laitteiden ja sovellusten käyttö vanhustyössä : työn piirteiden ja yksilötekijöiden vaikutusten tarkastelua (2021)
Technology use in eldercare work : the effects of work context and individual characteristics

Oinas, T., Karhinen, J., Tammelin, M., Hirvonen, H., Hämäläinen, A., & Taipale, S. (2021). Teknologisten laitteiden ja sovellusten käyttö vanhustyössä : työn piirteiden ja yksilötekijöiden vaikutusten tarkastelua. Yhteiskuntapolitiikka, 86(2), 166-179. http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi-fe2021041310334

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Publication details

All authors or editorsOinas, Tomi; Karhinen, Joonas; Tammelin, Mia; Hirvonen, Helena; Hämäläinen, Antti; Taipale, Sakari

Journal or seriesYhteiskuntapolitiikka



Publication year2021


Issue number2

Pages range166-179

PublisherTerveyden ja hyvinvoinnin laitos

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageFinnish

Persistent website addresshttp://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi-fe2021041310334

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/75210


New technologies and applications are expected to cut expenditures, ease the workload of employees, and improve the quality of eldercare services. Many new technologies have in fact already been integrated in care work, but there is only little evidence on the extent and breadth of the use of different devices and applications across this sector. In this study, we investigate the extent to which different devices and applications are used in eldercare work and the factors that are related to different technology user profiles.The article is based on the 2019 University of Jyväskylä survey on eldercare work collected by the Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (www.jyu.fi/agecare) at the University of Jyväskylä. The data (n=6,903) was collected from members of four trade unions (Super, Tehy, JHL, Talentia) in April 2019. Analysis is restricted to respondents who reported spending at least three-quarters of their work time on immediate client work (n=4,375). We use multiple correspondence analysis to derive the main dimensions of technology use at work and seemingly unrelated regression analysis to predict the level of these dimensions. According to the results, the use of devices and applications at work breaks down into three dimensions: mobile care technology, office technology and entertainment technology. The most important predictors of technology use were employment sector and type of workplace. Individual characteristics and experience of ICT technology had minor effects. Thus, the use of different technologies in eldercare work is clearly dependent on the characteristics of the workplace, not the individual.

Keywordswork with the elderlycare workdigitalisationtechnologyremote servicesmobile appspublic sectorprivate sector

Free keywordstechnology; eldercare work; public sector; private sector; Finland

Contributing organizations

Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2021

JUFO rating2

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