Older Adults’ Experiences of Using Digital Health Technology for Multimorbidity Self-Management: Findings from a Longitudinal Study

Julie Doyle, Myriam Sillevis Smitt, Suzanne Smith, Patricia McAleer, Cora van Leeuwen, An Jacobs, John Dinsmore

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Abstract

It is widely accepted that digital health technologies can support the self-management of chronic disease, aiding in symptom and lifestyle monitoring and management, encouraging behaviour change, and sharing data amongst a care network. However, little is understood about how older adults with multiple chronic conditions might digitally self-manage. In this paper, we present findings from a longitudinal 12-month trial whereby older adults with multimorbidity used the ProACT digital health platform to self-manage their conditions. Inter- views were conducted with participants at four time-points during the trial and data were thematically analysed. Findings presented in this article relate to three themes, the learning journey of participants, routines and strategies of using the technology, and facilitators and barriers to use. This paper demonstrates that older adults with multiple chronic conditions are willing and capable of engaging in digital self-management, and that this cohort can develop and master the tech- nical skills necessary for self-management
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICCHP-AAA TE 2022 Open Access Compendium
Subtitle of host publication"Assistive Technology, Accessibility and (e)Inclusion"
EditorsAndrea Petz, Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf, Katerina Mavrou
Place of PublicationLecco
PublisherSpringer
Pages236-244
Number of pages8
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-9504997-8-0
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventICCHP-AAATE 2022
: Joint International Conference on Digital Inclusion, Assistive Technology & Accessibility
- Lecco, Italy
Duration: 11 Jul 202215 Jul 2022
https://www.icchp-aaate.org/

Conference

ConferenceICCHP-AAATE 2022
Abbreviated titleICCHP-AAATE 2022
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityLecco
Period11/07/2215/07/22
Internet address

Keywords

  • Older adults
  • Digital Health
  • Multimorbidity
  • Longitudial study

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