Older people with access to hand-held devices: Who are they? Journal Article


Authors: Shahrokni, A.; Mahmoudzadeh, S.; Saeedi, R.; Ghasemzadeh, H.
Article Title: Older people with access to hand-held devices: Who are they?
Abstract: Introduction: Multiple comorbid conditions among older patients require frequent physician office and emergency room visits, at times leading to hospitalization. In recent years, mobile health (m-health) systems utilizing hand-held devices (e.g., smartphones) have been developed, which could be used for health-related interventions. This study investigates sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of individuals who have or have not accessed Internet via hand-held devices. Materials and Methods: Adults older than 65 years of age who participated in the Health Tracking survey of the Pew Internet and American Life Project in 2012 were included in the analysis. Data were analyzed for prevalence of Internet access via hand-held devices and differences in sociodemographic and clinical characteristics. Different online health information seeking behavior is also reported. Results: In the weighted sample size of 3,116 responses, 472 (15.1%) had access to Internet via hand-held devices. Those with such an access were younger and had higher income and education and better overall quality of life and quality of life at the time of answering the survey. They were more likely to be female and married or living as married. Those with diabetes or significant change in physical condition in the prior year were less likely to have such an access. In the multivariate analysis, older or diabetic individuals had lower probability of such access. Higher likelihood of access was associated with higher income and education, being married, female gender, better quality of life, higher number of comorbid illnesses, and emergency room visit or hospital admission in the last 12 months. Conclusions: Investigators should pay attention to sociodemographic and clinical disparities of older adults to develop feasible m-health interventions. © 2015, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Keywords: internet; information retrieval; hospitals; health; multivariant analysis; surveys; comorbid conditions; hand-held devices; mobile health; pew internet and american life project; senior citizens; emergency rooms; american life project; co-morbid conditions; hand held device; hand held computers
Journal Title: Telemedicine and e-Health
Volume: 21
Issue: 7
ISSN: 1530-5627
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc  
Date Published: 2015-07-01
Start Page: 550
End Page: 556
Language: English
DOI: 10.1089/tmj.2014.0103
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 25785547
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Notes: Export Date: 3 August 2015 -- Source: Scopus
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