Database System Development for Care of the Elders in Community



This participatory action research aimed to develop a database system for care of the elders in community, Pakpoon sub-district, Nakhon Si Thammarat. The key informant were compose of public health officers, community leaders, representative of Local Administrative Organization, elders and their families, lecturers and nursing students of Walailak University. Research instruments included interview questions, elderly health assessment form, developed elderly health database system as an experimental tool and usability evaluation form. Data collection by survey, interview, group discussion, and observation. Quantitative data analysis by frequency distribution and percentage, the validity and reliability of questionnaire were confirmed with the experts Cronbach’s alpha. The qualitative data reveal content analysis. The results have shown that the database system consist of; the elders health assessment comprised general information, prior illness and treatment, functional, mental health risk, risk for fall, and environment, the required features to support of achievement goal for well-being, consistent with their life style, social capital, and local wisdom. In additional, it could be reduced early risk factors to protect of chronic illness, injury, and decline in physical and psychosocial. The reporting requirement comprised of frequency distribution in capital, problems and need. Perception of the system and its effectiveness were evaluated using a questionnaire after participants had had an approximately one month period of experience of using the system. The responses to the questionnaire were positive about the system features and system process. Using the database system, executives and health officers and elders have been improved it based on feedback continuum.


Clinical decision support, older adult, database health system, data visualization, clinical informatics


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