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Usability of Medication Adherence Technologies among Older Adults Open Access
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University of Alberta
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Woo, Katie N.
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Liu, Lili (Occupational Therapy)
Esmail, Shaniff (Occupational Therapy)
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Lechelt, Kathy (Medicine)
Wagg, Adrian (Medicine)
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
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Master of Science
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This study examined the usability of medication adherence technologies (MATs) to improve medication adherence among older adults. A MATs survey and a product trial were used to understand the perspectives of health care providers and older adults. The survey was distributed to health care providers in Edmonton and surrounding areas. It received 210 responses with a 25% response rate and the results showed a low level of awareness of MATs. However, 94 percent of respondents felt MATs could be beneficial. A usability trial of a commercial MATs product was conducted with two older adults at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton. It was tested in a home-like space over a two day period which brought out specific design limitations for use by older adults. It also highlighted the need for further research to understand design, cost and usability of MATs to enhance medication adherence among older adults with complex needs.
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