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International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 509198, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/509198
Research Article

The Anticipated Positive Psychosocial Impact of Present Web-Based E-Health Services and Future Mobile Health Applications: An Investigation among Older Swedes

Department of Health Sciences, Luleå University of Technology, 971 87 Luleå, Sweden

Received 2 July 2013; Revised 30 September 2013; Accepted 21 October 2013

Academic Editor: Guy Pare

Copyright © 2013 S. Wiklund Axelsson et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This study investigates the anticipated psychosocial impact of present web-based e-health services and future mobile health applications among older Swedes. Random sample’s of Swedish citizens aged 55 years old and older were given a survey containing two different e-health scenarios which respondents rated according to their anticipated psychosocial impact by means of the PIADS instrument. Results consistently demonstrated the positive anticipation of psychosocial impacts for both scenarios. The future mobile health applications scored more positively than the present web-based e-health services. An increase in age correlated positively to lower impact scores. These findings indicate that from a psychosocial perspective, web-based e-health services and mobile health applications are likely to positively impact quality of life. This knowledge can be helpful when tailoring and implementing e-health services that are directed to older people.