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Ready for eHealth. Older Swedes’ Perceptions of eHealth Services: Using the PIADS Scale as a Predictor for Readiness

Division of Health and Rehabilitation, Department of Health Sciences, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå 971 87, Sweden
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Technologies 2016, 4(3), 29;
Received: 1 July 2016 / Revised: 25 August 2016 / Accepted: 1 September 2016 / Published: 7 September 2016
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Introduction: Relevant determinants of adoption of eHealth are needed in order to understand future usage. Aim: To investigate the anticipated psychosocial impact of present and future eHealth services and discuss how psychosocial factors can impact the readiness for eHealth services among older Swedes and reflect upon instruments for measuring eHealth acceptance. Method: The Psychosocial Impact of Assistive Device Scale (PIADS) measured the psychosocial impact of eHealth services as illustrated in pictures of a set of events of eHealth services that may reasonably occur in the present and the future. The PIADS scale and the scenarios were administered via a randomly selected sample from the Swedish population aged 55–105. Results and Discussion: Older Swedes have, from a psychosocial perspective, positive expectations regarding eHealth services. The PIADS scale could be a useful supplement to acceptance measurements in the context of eHealth. Using animated illustrations to depict eHealth services, together with the PIADS scale, can generate findings that are generalizable across technologies. The dimensions adaptability, competence and self-esteem could be relevant determinants of adoption of eHealth. View Full-Text
Keywords: adoption; eHealth; ICT; older persons; psychosocial impact; readiness adoption; eHealth; ICT; older persons; psychosocial impact; readiness
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Wiklund Axelsson, S.; Melander Wikman, A. Ready for eHealth. Older Swedes’ Perceptions of eHealth Services: Using the PIADS Scale as a Predictor for Readiness. Technologies 2016, 4, 29.

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