Associations Between Mobile Health Technology Use and Self-rated Quality of Life: A Cross-sectional Study on Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment
journal contributionposted on 2023-08-30, 18:25 authored by Line Christiansen, Johan Sanmartin Berglund, Peter Anderberg, Selim Cellek, Jufen Zhang, Evi Lemmens, Maite Garolera, Fermin Mayoral-Cleries, Lisa Skär
Background: Quality of life (QoL) is affected even at early stages in older adults with cognitive impairment. The use of mobile health (mHealth) technology can offer support in daily life and improve the physical and mental health of older adults. However, a clarification of how mHealth technology can be used to support the QoL of older adults with cognitive impairment is needed. Objective: To investigate factors affecting mHealth technology use in relation to self-rated QoL among older adults with cognitive impairment. Methods: A cross-sectional research design was used to analyse mHealth technology use and QoL in 1082 older participants. Baseline data were used from a multi-centred randomised controlled trial including QoL, measured by the Quality of Life in Alzheimer’s Disease (QoL-AD) Scale, as the outcome variable. Data were analysed using logistic regression models. Results: Having moderately or high technical skills in using mHealth technology and using the internet via mHealth technology on a daily or weekly basis was associated with good to excellent QoL in older adults with cognitive impairment. Conclusions: The variation in technical skills and internet use among the participants can be interpreted as an obstacle for mHealth technology to support QoL.
Publication titleGerontology and Geriatric Medicine
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