Self-Management via Health Kiosk by Community-Residing Older Adults (Pennsylvania)

Project Details - Ongoing


Many potentially effective e-health technologies fail to enjoy widespread adoption by older adults because of a lack of accessible, user-friendly, delivery platforms. Multiuser health kiosks located in convenient community locations offer a way to bolster older adults’ self-management capabilities and enhance communication with their primary care providers, regardless of personal resources or distance from health services.

This project will establish kiosks in nine congregate sites, enabling older adults to measure and track their own physical, physiological, and psychological data and communicate with their providers through secure messaging. They will also engage with e-health interventions designed to improve self-management; patient-provider communication; sleep, mobility and balance; physical activity and nutrition; bladder health; and mood. Participating adults’ interactions with the kiosk and its adaptations will be tracked over 18 months. Frequent queries will explore adults’ motivations for using the kiosk and preferences for its interface design and content.

The specific aims of the project are as follows:

  • Describe the self-management needs, motivations, design preferences, and patterns of health kiosk use among diverse community-residing older adults in congregate settings 
  • Determine factors that influence intensity of kiosk use among older adults with a range of needs for a healthier lifestyle and improved self-management of chronic disease 
  • Explore primary care visits, emergency room visits, and hospitalization during kiosk access 

Successful completion of this project will generate evidence of older adults’ willingness to use a communal health kiosk and inform the design of similar systems.

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