Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Technology Innovations 

Accessibility Accommodations for Older Adults Seeking e-Health Information

Amy J. Chaffin, PhD, RN; Cleborn D. Maddux, PhD

Abstract

The study tested the effect of Web page design accommodations for older adults. Two websites, designed by the researchers, were viewed and evaluated by three groups of adults: Younger (ages 30 to 64), Older (ages 65 to 84), and Oldest (ages 85 and older). The two sites, one with accommodations and one without, had identical health content. Thirty adults in each of three age groups rated both web pages. A 2 X 3, mixed ANOVA, age by page style was calculated. Both main effects and the interaction were significant. In all groups, ratings for the website without accommodations were lower than for the site with accommodations. The ratings of the site without accommodations were lowest among adults in the Oldest group.

Abstract

The study tested the effect of Web page design accommodations for older adults. Two websites, designed by the researchers, were viewed and evaluated by three groups of adults: Younger (ages 30 to 64), Older (ages 65 to 84), and Oldest (ages 85 and older). The two sites, one with accommodations and one without, had identical health content. Thirty adults in each of three age groups rated both web pages. A 2 X 3, mixed ANOVA, age by page style was calculated. Both main effects and the interaction were significant. In all groups, ratings for the website without accommodations were lower than for the site with accommodations. The ratings of the site without accommodations were lowest among adults in the Oldest group.

Authors

Dr. Fowles is retired Associate Professor and Ms. Kennell is Instructional Assistant Professor, Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

Address correspondence to Lynn Kennell, MS, RN, Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University, Campus Box 5810, Normal, IL 61790-5810.

10.3928/00989134-20070301-03

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