Prevalence of Computer Use among Geriatric In- and Outpatients

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Objective: Despite its many benefits, tele-rehabilitation is not widely used by the older generations. This study aimed to investigate the opportunity to offer tele-rehabilitation in a geriatric population by determining the prevalence of computer use and to examine whether the patients' characteristics affect computer use. Design: Cross-sectional study. Patients: Cognitive well-functioning in- and outpatients aged 65 years or older. Methods: Patients were consecutively included and surveyed. Results: A total of 249 patients participated in the survey. Among them, 124 were computer users. Four of these never went online. Compared to non-users, computer users were younger OR: 0.91 (95% CI: 0.87; 0.94) p = 0.001, less frail OR: 0.37 (95% CI: 0.25;0.55) p = 0.001, had a higher functional capacity OR: 1.02 (95% CI 1.01; 1.03) p = 0.001 and more often had an education at high school level or higher OR: 1.7 (95% CI: 1.41; 2.40). Conclusion: Only half of the geriatric patients are computer users. If tele-rehabilitation is to be adopted by a wider geriatric population challenged by reduced mobility, long transportation times, or frailty, computer training, user friendly devices and computer support should be considered beforehand.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGerontology and Geriatric Medicine
Volume8
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

    Research areas

  • geriatrics, frailty, technology, aging, MULTIDIMENSIONAL PROGNOSTIC INDEX, OLDER-ADULTS, FEASIBILITY, VIDEO, REHABILITATION, MORTALITY, EXERCISE

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