A Comprehensive Review of Mobile User Interfaces in mHealth applications for elderly and the related ageing barriers

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Ramdowar, H., Khedo, K, K. and Chooramun, N. 2023. A Comprehensive Review of Mobile User Interfaces in mHealth applications for elderly and the related ageing barriers . Universal Access in the Information Society. In Press. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10209-023-01011-z
AuthorsRamdowar, H., Khedo, K, K. and Chooramun, N.
Abstract

Purpose:
The adoption of mobile health technology can assist in enhancing the quality of life of elderly people. Over the last few years, though mHealth research has expanded, the usage of mHealth applications among elderly is still minimal. This study aims to evaluate mobile User Interfaces in mHealth applications and elicit the key ageing barriers that limit the use of such apps amongst the elderly.

Methods:
The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) technique was used whereby 28 papers were identified and examined out of 742. In addition to the systematic review, an experiment of using 5 existing mHealth apps, was conducted with 10 individuals within the age-group of 60-79 to determine additional ageing barriers and usage challenges. The Questionnaire for User Interface Satisfaction (QUIS) approach was used to prepare a questionnaire to assess the overall system satisfaction and was provided to participants after one week of usage.

Results:
In this work, issues with the user interface that impact the elderly have been highlighted. Three important ageing barriers hindering the use of mHealth among the elderly have been identified via PRISMA, namely: physical, cognitive and perspective. Empirical findings from the experiment carried out further consolidate the findings obtained from the PRISMA approach.

Conclusion:
This study's investigation emphasised on the performance of older persons with mHealth apps, their needs, and the challenges they confront when adopting mHealth technologies. As a result, technology designers will benefit from this information when developing and designing mHealth apps and services that are suitable for older adults.

KeywordsmHealth app; ageing barriers; User Interface; elderly care; usability
JournalUniversal Access in the Information Society
Journal citationIn Press
ISSN1615-5289
Year2023
PublisherSpringer
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10209-023-01011-z
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Online01 Jul 2023
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Accepted20 Jun 2023
Deposited09 Aug 2023
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This version of the article has been accepted for publication, after peer review (when applicable) and is subject to Springer Nature’s AM terms of use, but is not the Version of Record and does not reflect post-acceptance improvements, or any corrections. The Version of Record is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10209-023-01011-z

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