Monitoring falls in elderly people: Lessons from a community-based project
© 2014 The authors and IOS Press.
The authors and IOS Press.
Objectives. This paper describes an evaluation of a community-based fall-detection project using smart phone based tri-axial accelerometry to identify factors that affect adoption and use of such technology by elderly people. Methods. A mixed methods study using questionnaires and semi-structured interviews was conducted to evaluate attitudes of the elderly people participating, as well as project stakeholders involved in the project. Information registered in a web-based fall management system was analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively, using an adapted version of Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT). Results. Adoption rate was 61.7% and attrition rate was 57%, the most common reasons for attrition being health deterioration (50%) and problems with the device and the network (26.2%). Conclusion. We identified a number of challenges that affected the success of this project, including problems with the software, usability issues with the device, coverage of the network, training of participants, and
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Tri-axial accelerometer, Falls, Telemonitoring, Elderly people
Pirnejad, H., Huq, G., Basilakis, J. and Maeder, A.J. (2014). Monitoring falls in elderly people: Lessons from a community-based project. In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Global Telehealth. The Netherlands: IOS Press. 3rd International Conference on Global Telehealth. Durban, South Africa. Nov 2014, pp. 50-61.