Voice assistant reminders for pain self-management tasks in aging adults

Marcia Y. Shade, Kyle Rector, Rasila Soumana, Kevin Kupzyk

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Abstract

Aging adults are impacted by pain. Technology can assist older adults with pain self-management while allowing for independence. The current usability study explored the use of voice assistant reminders for two pain self-management tasks in aging adults. Fifteen community-dwelling older adults with chronic pain and an average age of 65 years used the voice assistant for 4 weeks. Participants had moderate scores for pain severity (mean = 4.6 [SD = 2.3]) and pain interference (mean = 4 [SD = 2.6]). Voice assistant usability was above average (78 of 100). Median time to set up the Google Home Assistant profi le was 5 minutes (SD = 7.5), with a median of asking for help two times. Pain self-management task reminders from the voice assistant were perceived as consistent, easy to set up, and helpful for accountability. Voice assistant reminders may be an option to help encourage a variety of pain self-management tasks in aging adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-33
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of gerontological nursing
Volume46
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 27 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Gerontology

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