4th International Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare - "Transforming healthcare through innovations in mobile and wireless technologies"

Research Article

Involving the elderly in the content development of a health enhancing tablet-based service

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.mobihealth.2014.257392,
        author={Reija Kuorem\aa{}ki and Marita Poskiparta and Pekka Neittaanm\aa{}ki},
        title={Involving the elderly in the content development of a health enhancing tablet-based service},
        proceedings={4th International Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare - "Transforming healthcare through innovations in mobile and wireless technologies"},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={MOBIHEALTH},
        year={2014},
        month={12},
        keywords={elderly health behaviour mobile technology tablet computer},
        doi={10.4108/icst.mobihealth.2014.257392}
    }
    
  • Reija Kuoremäki
    Marita Poskiparta
    Pekka Neittaanmäki
    Year: 2014
    Involving the elderly in the content development of a health enhancing tablet-based service
    MOBIHEALTH
    IEEE
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.mobihealth.2014.257392
Reija Kuoremäki1,*, Marita Poskiparta2, Pekka Neittaanmäki3
  • 1: Agora Center / Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, Health Science, University of Jyväskylä
  • 2: Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, Health Science, University of Jyväskylä
  • 3: Faculty of Information Technology, Computer Science, University of Jyväskylä
*Contact email: reija.c.kuoremaki@jyu.fi

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to specify the needs of elderly for a health-enhancing tablet-based service. An interview study was performed with voluntary elderly (N=19, female 15, male 4, aged 76.2 years (SD 8.3)). The attitudes towards improving health behaviours and technology utilisation were explored. The content illustrations were developed for the interviews, and evaluated by participants using a numerical scale (1 very poor - 5 very good) and verbal feedback. Content analysis was used in the analysis of qualitative data. Taking care of one’s own well-being comprehensively was the most important incentive to maintain one’s activity. Content illustrations were evaluated as high (average 2.9-4.4, current issues, memory training and exercise instructions as most useful). The diversity in wishes with respect to the contents of the service should be taken into account, and the customisation of the service will permit its use by different groups of end-users.