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Internet-based home care, Nurse attitudes, Survey study



  1. Sheng, Zhiren MM
  2. Wang, Jingting PhD
  3. Sun, Kaili MM
  4. Xu, Qian MM
  5. Zhou, Hongdi MB
  6. Liu, Chunbo MM
  7. Hu, Jianli MB
  8. Song, Xiaoping MM
  9. Dong, Lingna MM
  10. Yuan, Changrong PhD, RN, FAAN


Internet-based home care has emerged as a way to relieve the burden of hospitals and meet patients' need for home care. This study aims to explore nurses' attitudes toward Internet-based home care. A cross-sectional online survey was conducted in Ningbo City in China. A self-designed Internet-based home care attitudes questionnaire for nurses (23 items) was used. There were 2039 nurses from 13 hospitals who participated in this online survey. Results reveal that, 1369 nurses (67.1%) were willing to provide Internet-based home care. However, there were significant differences in the attitudes of nurses with different ages (H = 11.86, P = .001), years of work experience (H = 24.257, P = .000), positions (H = 8.850, P = .031), and types of phones (H = 13.096, P = .001). More than 80% of nurses were willing to provide hypodermic and intramuscular injection. But there was a significant difference in the attitudes toward hypodermic injection, intramuscular injection, and pressure ulcer care in nurses with different ages (H = 13.039, P = .005; H = 9.178, P = .027; H = 10.997, P = .012) and a significant difference in the attitudes toward pressure ulcer care in nurses with different years of work experience (H = 15.259, P = .002). Results also indicated that most nurses were worried about their own safety and personal rights protection during Internet-based home care.