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Easing Internet access of health information for elderly users

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Author: Alpay, L.L. · Toussaint, P.J. · Ezendam, N.P.M. · Rövekamp, T.A.J.M. · Graafmans, W.C. · Westendorp, R.G.J.
Institution: TNO Preventie en Gezondheid
Source:Health Informatics Journal, 3, 10, 185-194
Identifier: 237981
doi: doi:10.1177/1460458204045416
Keywords: Health · Elderly users · Health information · Internet · Website design · Access to information · Adult · Aged · Clinical practice · Cognition · Consumer · Controlled study · Data analysis · Falling · Geriatric care · Human · Human computer interaction · Incidence · Medical information system · Methodology · Patient care · Task performance · Technology


Elderly users are increasingly becoming active consumers of Internet technologies. Developing websites dedicated to this user group presents several design issues (such as that of 'design for all', participatory design, patient empowerment and cognitive usability assessment methods). SeniorGezond is a health information resource currently under development. It aims to support elderly users in their search and access of appropriate information in the area of fall incidences. The current development of SeniorGezond provides a useful illustration on how design issues can be addressed and applied in a practical setting. Copyright © 2004 Sage Publications.