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NWCPHP Researcher Studies How Older Adults Use Personal Health Information Management

NWCPHP faculty member, Anne Turner, MD, MLIS, MPH, leads a research effort to study ways older adults can manage information about their personal health.
NWCPHP Researcher Studies How Older Adults Use Personal Health Information Management

Anne Turner, MD, MLIS, MPH

NWCPHP faculty member, Anne Turner, MD, MLIS, MPH, leads a research effort to study ways older adults can manage information about their personal health.

November 4, 2013

NWCPHP faculty member, Anne Turner, MD, MLIS, MPH, has been awarded a five-year, $2.45 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to study the personal health information management needs of older adults. Turner will lead an interdisciplinary team of investigators from the Schools of Public Health, Nursing, Engineering, and Medicine at the University of Washington. This team will study the ways older adults can manage information about their personal health so that they live longer and more independently.

Older adults use health care in greater numbers than do other parts of the population, yet they often struggle to use personal health management systems. This study will examine the barriers that older adults experience when trying to use personal health management systems. Researchers will also seek to identify the kinds of health information older adults need, and how older adults prefer to access data.

“Increasingly, the expectation is that people will play an active role in their own health,” says Turner. “This requires consumers to be informed about their health and also the types of information involved with health, especially about prevention. If they’re more informed about their health, they could live longer, healthier, independent lives.”

For more information about the study, please visit our project page.

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