Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The role of technology in older adult healthcare: A content analysis of existing literature
by Imamura, Patrick Glenn, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 103; 1527956
Abstract (Summary)

This content analysis of existing literature explored older adults' perceptions and use of technology in healthcare. Thirty studies within the last 10 years were analyzed for content. Results of the content analysis revealed that many older adults used the Internet as a health resource and/or to search for health-related information. Some predictors of computer and/or Internet use for health-related information were younger age, more years of education, and more diagnosed diseases and conditions. Barriers of computer and/or Internet use included lack of interest, functional limits, cost, complexity, and security and privacy concerns. Privacy was also an identified as a potential barrier of smart home technology use. Perceived need for technology was important in older adults' willingness to use smart home technology. Implications for social work practice were discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Santhiveeran, Janaki
Commitee: Brocato, Jo, Wilson, Steve
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Social work
Keywords: Assistive technology, Older adults, Smart home technologies
Publication Number: 1527956
ISBN: 978-1-303-98480-8
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