Obstacles to Using Assistive Technology for Older Adults – Results from a Focus Group Analysis

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Creators: Fotteler, Marina L. and Risch, Beate and Gaugisch, Petra and Furmanek, Jan-Lukas and Swoboda, Walter and Mayer, Sarah and Kohn, Brigitte and Dallmeier, Dhayana and Denkinger, Michael
Title: Obstacles to Using Assistive Technology for Older Adults – Results from a Focus Group Analysis
Item Type: Article
Event Title: Medical Informatics Europe (MIE) 2021
Event Location: Virtual Conference
Event Dates: May 29th - May 31st
Projects: DigiHealth
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Page Range: pp. 994-998
Date: 27 May 2021
Divisions: Gesundheitsmanagement
Abstract: Much hope is placed in the use of assistive technologies (AT) to support older adults and retain their independence and quality of life. AT could also be a way to help fulfill the increasing requirements of caring for an aging population. While many devices are freely available, successful and broad adoption is progressing slowly. In a qualitative analysis, we investigated the popularity of AT and the willingness to and obstacles for use. Eleven older adults aged 62–85 participated in three groups, each focusing on a specific age-related case example. Using content analysis, statements have been categorized into three levels: the affected person, their surroundings, and supportive devices. Information (knowledge, consultation) was the topic spoken about the most (n=101), followed by statements focusing on everyday life and the use of assistive devices (n=99). Comments on economic topics carried the least weight (n=28). The biggest obstacles for the reluctant adoption of AT don’t seem to be acceptance issues but rather a lack of knowledge of AT and where to get counseling. Thus, the provision and promotion of coherent information material and accessible consultation for users and relatives should be prioritized. AT training for healthcare professionals can provide further opportunities.
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Fotteler, Marina L. and Risch, Beate and Gaugisch, Petra and Furmanek, Jan-Lukas and Swoboda, Walter and Mayer, Sarah and Kohn, Brigitte and Dallmeier, Dhayana and Denkinger, Michael (2021) Obstacles to Using Assistive Technology for Older Adults – Results from a Focus Group Analysis. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 281. pp. 994-998.

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