Training to use smart tablets to access reliable online health information in older adults’ post-pandemic: A focused pilot intervention study

Anitha Saravanan, Marcia Shade, Yujun Liu, Bolanle Olayeni, Sameera Sanders, Rhea Johnson, Staja Booker, Angela Starkweather

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Background: Older adults are becoming more accepting and interested in using digital technologies, but difficulties and barriers remain for accessing reliable health-related information. The purpose of this focused pilot intervention study was to: (1) understand older adults’ firsthand experiences and challenges while using smart tablets post-COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) gather suggestions for age-appropriate training materials, preference of training materials, and resources to access reliable online health information. Methods: A focused pilot intervention study that involved training older adults to use smart tablets followed by focus group of a convenience sample of 13 older adults (65–85 years old; 91.6% female) on their experiences of using smart tablets. Results: Thematic analysis revealed three themes: tablets are convenient to access online information and older adults reported technical, security concerns, emotional and cognitive challenges regarding use of smart tablets. Older adults also requested one-on-one support, assistance, and topic specific learning for future training sessions. Conclusions: Future studies should focus on providing detailed, clear instructions at an acceptable pace for older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-211
Number of pages8
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume56
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2024

Keywords

  • Community dwelling older adults
  • Focus study groups
  • Reliable health information
  • Smart tablets training intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Training to use smart tablets to access reliable online health information in older adults’ post-pandemic: A focused pilot intervention study'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this