Supporting older people with multimorbidity

Year: 2017

Type: Conference Abstract

Published In: Age and Ageing, Volume 46, Issue Suppl_3

Authors: Smith, S., Doyle, J., Hannigan, C., Murphy, E., and Dinsmore, J.

Background: There are few empirical investigations exploring older people’s experienceand perceptions of health technologies. While older adults generally have positive opi-nions and attitudes towards trying and using new technologies (Mitzner et al.,2010),health status itself is a moderating factor for computer use and digital literacy (Heart andKalderon,2013).In this study we have explored what technologies older people with multimorbidity(PwMs) are currently using and how they, and their networks of care, perceive technologyto support their health conditions. The results presented here are part of an extensiverequirements gathering exercise to inform the design of a digital health ecosystem thataims to support self-management and improve integration of care for older PwMs.

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