First Steps in Developing E-Technology Programs Designed to Promote Healthy Behaviors in Urban Older Adults: Phase One Findings

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/152178
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Presentation
Title:
First Steps in Developing E-Technology Programs Designed to Promote Healthy Behaviors in Urban Older Adults: Phase One Findings
Abstract:
First Steps in Developing E-Technology Programs Designed to Promote Healthy Behaviors in Urban Older Adults: Phase One Findings
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Weglicki, Linda, PhD, MSN
P.I. Institution Name:Wayne State University
Title:Assistant Professor
[Research Presentation] BACKGROUND: Smoking and obesity are major risk factors contributing to heart disease, cancer, stroke and chronic conditions that account for over 60% of all deaths in older Americans. Adopting healthy behaviors, such as smoke-free lifestyle or eating healthy, can reduce the risk of chronic diseases and early death among older adults. Information technology (IT) is a relatively untapped health education strategy for older adults. DESIGN/POPULATION: This multidisciplinary, community-based, descriptive study focuses on the feasibility of using personalized eHealthSmart(R), an IT program, by racially/ethnically diverse older, urban adults with the aim of promoting healthy behaviors and reducing health disparities. Green-Kreuter's PRECEDE-PROCEDE MODEL, targeting senior centers where e-health education may be delivered, guided this study.áMETHODS: Focus groups and survey analysis were used in Phase One to develop eHealthSmart(R) educational program themes and content on smoking cessation and healthy eating specific to older urban adults. A central thesis is that e-health promotion education is more effective when tailored to individuals. FINDINGS: Thirty-five older adults participated in four focus groups; mean age was 69 years (SD=8.3), two-thirds were Black, single/divorced or widowed (62.5%), and most (81%) were educated. Eighty-four percent owned a computer; 63% used computers daily; 60% were æComfortableö using computers; and 63% browsed the Internet routinely. Seventy-eight percent reported an interest in using e-technology to learn about health information; 87% for smoking cessation and 62% to lose weight. Focus group transcriptions were analyzed for e-program content themes (six tobacco cessation and five overweight/obesity) using NUD*IST and expert review. CONCLUSIONS: Phase One findings indicate that urban older adults have access, are comfortable, and willing to participate in e-health age-specific educational programs. IMPLICATIONS: The feasibility and efficacy of using IT programs to promote healthier lifestyles by older adults may result in reduced morbidity and improved quality of life in this growing US population.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleFirst Steps in Developing E-Technology Programs Designed to Promote Healthy Behaviors in Urban Older Adults: Phase One Findingsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/152178-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">First Steps in Developing E-Technology Programs Designed to Promote Healthy Behaviors in Urban Older Adults: Phase One Findings</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Weglicki, Linda, PhD, MSN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Wayne State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">lweglicki@hotmail.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] BACKGROUND: Smoking and obesity are major risk factors contributing to heart disease, cancer, stroke and chronic conditions that account for over 60% of all deaths in older Americans. Adopting healthy behaviors, such as smoke-free lifestyle or eating healthy, can reduce the risk of chronic diseases and early death among older adults. Information technology (IT) is a relatively untapped health education strategy for older adults. DESIGN/POPULATION: This multidisciplinary, community-based, descriptive study focuses on the feasibility of using personalized eHealthSmart(R), an IT program, by racially/ethnically diverse older, urban adults with the aim of promoting healthy behaviors and reducing health disparities. Green-Kreuter's PRECEDE-PROCEDE MODEL, targeting senior centers where e-health education may be delivered, guided this study.&aacute;METHODS: Focus groups and survey analysis were used in Phase One to develop eHealthSmart(R) educational program themes and content on smoking cessation and healthy eating specific to older urban adults. A central thesis is that e-health promotion education is more effective when tailored to individuals. FINDINGS: Thirty-five older adults participated in four focus groups; mean age was 69 years (SD=8.3), two-thirds were Black, single/divorced or widowed (62.5%), and most (81%) were educated. Eighty-four percent owned a computer; 63% used computers daily; 60% were &aelig;Comfortable&ouml; using computers; and 63% browsed the Internet routinely. Seventy-eight percent reported an interest in using e-technology to learn about health information; 87% for smoking cessation and 62% to lose weight. Focus group transcriptions were analyzed for e-program content themes (six tobacco cessation and five overweight/obesity) using NUD*IST and expert review. CONCLUSIONS: Phase One findings indicate that urban older adults have access, are comfortable, and willing to participate in e-health age-specific educational programs. IMPLICATIONS: The feasibility and efficacy of using IT programs to promote healthier lifestyles by older adults may result in reduced morbidity and improved quality of life in this growing US population.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:26:44Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:26:44Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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