Chapter 4: Stages of Internet Adoption in Preventive Health: An Exploratory Diffusion Study of a Community-Based Learning Venue for 60+ Year-Old Adults
From the Book: The Refractive Thinker®: Vol. II: Research Methodology


Seniors could improve the quality of their lives while saving themselves healthcare expenses with Web-enabled health education programs; however, research methods are almost nonexistent to establish this evidence base. This community-based intervention demonstrated the feasibility of empowering older adults to use the Internet to find credible health information (Cortner, 2006). A quasi-experimental study design explored the idea of seniors using the Internet to find and download reliable preventive health information that could assist in their own health. The study investigated the process of change in a community-based trial that showed promise of diminishing the older adults' unique digital divide. The researcher/author offers the Health Information Internet (HII) Class Questionnaire as an open-source instrument for nonprofit use.
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