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Website design: Technical, social and medical issues for self-reporting by elderly patients

Taylor, MJ and Stables, R and Matata, B and Lisboa, P and Laws, A and Almond, P (2014) Website design: Technical, social and medical issues for self-reporting by elderly patients. HEALTH INFORMATICS JOURNAL, 20 (2). pp. 136-150. ISSN 1460-4582

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Abstract

There is growing interest in the use of the Internet for interacting with patients, both in terms of healthcare information provision and information gathering. In this paper we examine the issues in designing healthcare websites for elderly users. In particular this paper uses a year-long case study of the development of a web-based system for self-reporting of symptoms and quality of life with a view to examine the issues relating to website design for elderly users. The issues identified included the technical, social and medical aspects of website design for elderly users. The web-based system developed was based upon the EQ5D health-status questionnaire, a commonly used tool for patient self-reporting of quality of life, and the more specific CROQ (coronary revascularisation outcome questionnaire) questionnaire. Currently self-reporting is generally administered in the form of paper-based questionnaires to be completed in the out-patient clinic, or at home. There are a variety of issues relating to elderly users that imply that websites for elderly patients may involve different design considerations to other types of websites.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Computer Science
Applied Mathematics
Publisher: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
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Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2014 09:54
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2016 11:04
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/189

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