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.