Results from several past and on-going HIBA studies were featured in a presentation held by Heidi at the Information Science Trends symposium on Health Information behaviour organised by the ASIS&T European Chapter this week.
- An extended abstract of the presentation Taking health information behaviour into account in user-centered design of e-health services – key findings from an ongoing research project can be found in Zenodo.
- Dr. Sheila Webber writes briefly on the presentation and findings in her blog.
New e-health services and technologies are developed around the world with expectations of multiple individual and system-wide benefits. Even if there is no single reason why many e-health projects have failed to deliver their expected gains, one central contributing factor has been their narrow focus on technology and a failure to understand the use of e-health in the context of citizens’ general health information behaviour. Here we report key findings from the ongoing research project Taking Health Information Behaviour into Account: implications of a neglected element for successful implementation of consumer health technologies on older adults, funded by the Academy of Finland (2015-2020). The project aims at explicating premises for the development of e-health services that are comprehensible, meaningful, and useful in the context of how older adults seek, use and manage information, and more specifically health information, in their everyday lives.