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Keywords

Health Web site, Hip fractures, Older adults, Usability testing, Web-based learning

 

Authors

  1. NAHM, EUN-SHIM PhD, RN
  2. RESNICK, BARBARA PhD, CRNP, FAAN
  3. COVINGTON, BARBARA PhD, RN

Abstract

Recently, the number of older adult online users has increased rapidly. In 2004, 22% of Americans aged 65 years or older (about 8 million) used the Internet, and 66% of them performed online searches for health information. The Web, therefore, can serve as a useful medium to educate older adults on selected health topics. In this study, the researchers developed four Web-based learning modules related to hip fracture prevention and tested the usability of these modules employing eight older adult online users. The findings from the usability tests demonstrated that the online learning modules were usable to the older adult participants. Additionally, these individuals could acquire health knowledge using these online modules. The important lessons learned through the research process will assist the researchers in conducting further studies in using health Web learning modules for older adults. A further study will be conducted to test the effects of these modules on preventing hip fractures.