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SOARING: Studying Older Adults and Researching their Information Needs and Goals

Researchers are studying how older adults use personal health information management systems. Findings from this study will advance understanding of the health management needs and practices of older adults.

Researchers are studying how older adults use personal health information management systems. Findings from this study will advance understanding of the health management needs and practices of older adults.

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Older adults are the largest consumers of health care, and their use of the health care system has profound consequences for the nation’s health care delivery as a whole. The goal of this project is to advance our understanding of the personal health information management (PHIM) needs and practices of older adults in order to inform the design of effective PHIM systems that support the health and independence of older adults.

This research will seek to do the following:

  • Describe the PHIM needs and practices of older adults from diverse socioeconomic groups and in a variety of residential contexts
  • Examine the roles key stakeholders play in PHIM for older adults
  • Model the personal health information needs and practices of older adults using the Balance Theory framework
  • Develop a set of design concepts and guidelines to meet the identified PHIM needs and preferences

For more information about the project, visit the SOARING study website.

This five-year project is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Community partners for this project include ERA Living, Senior Services, and Full Life Care.

Project period: September 30, 2013 to August 30, 2018

Research Team

Anne M. Turner, MD, MLIS, MPH
Principal Investigator

George Demiris, PhD, MSc
Co-Investigator

Julie Kientz, PhD
Co-Investigator

Ian Painter, PhD, MSc
Co-Investigator

Miruna Petrescu-Prahova, PhD, MA
Co-Investigator

Elizabeth Phelan, MD, MS
Co-Investigator

Stephen Thielke, MD, MA, MSPH
Co-Investigator

Alyssa Bosold
Research Assistant

Yong Choi, MPH
Research Assistant

Andrea Civan Hartzler, PhD
Research Scientist

Katie Osterhage, MMS
Research Coordinator

Jean Taylor, PhD
Research Scientist

Past Contributors

Tishra Beeson, MPH
Interim Project Coordinator

Kristin Dew, MS
Research Assistant

Jonathan Joe
Research Assistant

Lorelei Lin
Survey & Data Collection Coordinator

Julie Loughran, MPH
Research Study Coordinator

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