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Engaging older adults to inform diabetes medication adherence mobile application selection | Abstract
Healthy Aging Research

Healthy Aging Research
Open Access

ISSN: 2261-7434

44-1258650017

Abstract

Engaging older adults to inform diabetes medication adherence mobile application selection

Cheryl M Conway, Teresa J Kelechi, Lynne S Nemeth

Background: Medication nonadherence is a significant health concern that disproportionately affects older adults. Aging is often associated with comorbidities including diabetes and more complex drug regimens that can impact compliance.

Objectives: To explore smartphone use among older adults with diabetes to evaluate potential medication adherence application preferences.

Methods: This case report describes a series of stakeholder-engaged discussions with 11 older adults ages 60 years and older and 4 health care providers (HCPs), from a rural and small metropolitan community, in the southeastern United States. The Technology Acceptance Model led a conversation guide.

Results: Older adults had smartphone devices. When considering use of the 2 applications, older adults and HCPs indicated preference for the Medisafe application.

Conclusions: On the basis of advice of an older adult and HCP stakeholder sample, plans are underway to select a medication adherence application for future research.

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