Elderly People in eHealth: Investigating Internet Self-Efficacy and the Role of Occupational Internet Usage

Creators: Rockmann, Robert and Weeger, Andy and Gewald, Heiko
Title: Elderly People in eHealth: Investigating Internet Self-Efficacy and the Role of Occupational Internet Usage
Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Event Title: Proceedings of the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS)
Event Location: Puerto Rico
Projects: CROSS, FISnet
Date: 2015
Divisions: Informationsmanagement
Abstract: eHealth initiatives are constantly evolving, supporting consumers to take active control of their health and well-being through access to health information and through communication with experts and peers via the internet. Although particularly elderly people could benefit from eHealth, they often feel unable to use the internet. Drawing on social cognitive theory, we seek to understand how internet self-efficacy affects the usage of eHealth among elderly people. As many elderly people nowadays are required to use the internet in their workplaces, we aim to explore the impact of prior occupational internet usage on self- efficacy. By conducting a representative study on 2,000 participants in the age of 55 to 75 in Germany, we seek to contribute to the knowledge on eHealth adoption and social inclusion of elderly people, as well as on prior occupational internet usage as a novel determinant of internet self-efficacy.
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Rockmann, Robert and Weeger, Andy and Gewald, Heiko (2015) Elderly People in eHealth: Investigating Internet Self-Efficacy and the Role of Occupational Internet Usage. In: Proceedings of the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Puerto Rico.

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