Old age or cognitive decline? Examining the usability of a mobile health app for older Australians

McCarthy, Breda, Kaur Sabharwal, Jagdeep, and Chawla, Shailey (2024) Old age or cognitive decline? Examining the usability of a mobile health app for older Australians. Informatics for Health and Social Care, 49 (1). pp. 83-97.

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Abstract

There is a growing literature on the role of mobile health applications (mHealth apps) in supporting older adults and the self-management of personal health. The purpose of this pilot study is to assess the usability of a government-funded mobile health app amongst older Australians and to evaluate whether cognitive function and demographic characteristics (i.e. age, gender, education) are associated with usability. A total of 28 older adults living in a regional city in Australia took part in the study. The participants were recruited using purposive sampling. Data collection instruments consisted of validated cognitive tests, task-based usability tests, and a questionnaire. The data was analyzed using non-parametric strategies. The findings of this study demonstrated that a government-funded, mHealth app was usable by older adults. Users were able to perform basic tasks in an effective and efficient manner. The hypothesis that elderly age would be significantly associated with performance on cognitive tests, as well as usability, was not supported. Performance on some cognitive tests was significantly and positively related to usability. Education and gender were not related to usability. The results suggest that traditional stereotypes surrounding aging and cognitive decline need to be reexamined.

Item ID: 82516
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1753-8165
Keywords: Cognitive function; older adults; usability; mHealth apps
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Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2024 00:31
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