Usability and acceptability of a website that provides tailored advice on falls prevention activities for older people.

Nyman, S.R. and Yardley, L., 2009. Usability and acceptability of a website that provides tailored advice on falls prevention activities for older people. Health Informatics Journal, 15 (1), pp. 27-39.

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DOI: 10.1177/1460458208099866

Abstract

This article presents the usability and acceptability of a website that provides older people with tailored advice to help motivate them to undertake physical activities that prevent falls. Views on the website from interviews with 16 older people and 26 sheltered housing wardens were analysed thematically. The website was well received with only one usability difficulty with the action plan calendar. The older people selected balance training activities out of interest or enjoyment, and appeared to carefully add them into their current routine. The wardens were motivated to promote the website to their residents, particularly those who owned a computer, had balance problems, or were physically active. However, the participants noted that currently a minority of older people use the Internet. Also, some older people underestimated how much activity was enough to improve balance, and others perceived themselves as too old for the activities.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1741-2811
Uncontrolled Keywords:falls • health promotion • Internet • older people • usability
Subjects:Psychology
Group:School of Design, Engineering & Computing
ID Code:16506
Deposited By:Dr S. R. Nyman
Deposited On:18 Oct 2010 14:08
Last Modified:14 Jan 2014 12:53

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