What Do You Need to Know to Stay Healthy? – Health Information Needs and Seeking Behaviour of Older Adults in Germany


Art der Publikation: Conference Paper

Veröffentlicht auf / in: Congress of the International Ergonomic Association (IEA)

Jahr: 2018

Seiten: 516-525

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96077-7_55

ISBN: 978-3-319-96076-0


Sabine Theis

Dajana Schäfer

Katharina Schäfer

Peter Rasche

Matthias Wille

Nicole Jochems

Alexander Mertens


Deep understanding of users’ needs is crucial for developing successful digital health technology. At the beginning of system development, it is thus important to analyze and specify the context of use within the users-centered development process. Knowing what patients need to know about their health and which information sources they apply to find those, bears implications for personal health ICT conveying health information to the elderly patient. Present results from a survey on health information need and seeking behaviour of N = 551 older adults in Germany suggest that older adults are fairly satisfied with the information they get, indicating a low need to acquire health information. Higher health information need corresponds with a larger amount of health apps installed on older adults tablet PC and with the usage of smartwatches and apps in general. Finally, results support the theoretical influence of demographic variables. Here, educational attainment significantly revealed to be a main influence on information need.


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