‘Will they use it? A qualitative study to determine user preferences for technological support of physical activity interventions.’
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Introduction: Physical activity has been proven effective in preventing chronic illnesses in the older population. The use of e-Health is increasingly popular way to promote or stimulate physical activity. Despite previous research, components of technology leading to successful use of the e-Health intervention are undetermined. Different aspects influence the use of technology; such as utility and usability of the e-Health intervention and age related human factors (cognitive abilities and personal factors). Objective: This study aims to determine user preferences for an e-Health intervention that aims to improve physical activity in older adults. Different personal factors of the participant will be determined in order to explain variation in the results. Study design: Qualitative research was conducted according to Grounded Theory approach. A relationship between the themes found in the interviews and the human factors test was explored by determination of the median. Data collection: Participants were recruited through physical therapists, leading a physical activity group intervention. Data collection will take place at the homes of the participants (≥70 years, participating in sports group) and consists of interviews and tests. Data analysis: Data analysis was performed according to the Grounded theory approach. The subthemes found were related to the human factors test. Results: Data was collected on eleven participants. Four themes were found: starting to use e-Health, ‘going out’, technology and a general theme about the participant. The preference ’technology should be easy to use’ is related to a low score on the test for processing speed and reflect a stronger perception of internal control (regarding health). Discussion: Suggestion for e-Health; an e-Health intervention for older adults should not be committed to one location, is simple to use and can be adapted to the needs and preferences of the participant. During implementation, the learning strategy and the presence of a social network to ask questions should be taken into account. Conclusion: This qualitative study about user preferences in the older population concerning e-Health interventions provides the following themes that designers could take in account in the development of an e-health intervention that aims to improve physical activity among older adults; starting to use e-Health, ‘going out’, technology and the participant itself.