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Engaging older clients with exercise physiology software: Focussing on user-prioritised needs

Whetton, S, Visentin, D ORCID: 0000-0001-9961-4384, Rowe, R, Rolf, D, Johns, S ORCID: 0000-0001-5851-5056, Grayston, TI and Williams, A ORCID: 0000-0001-8863-3491 2021 , 'Engaging older clients with exercise physiology software: Focussing on user-prioritised needs' , International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, vol. 17, no. 4 , pp. 1-18 , doi: 10.4018/IJTHI.2021100101.

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Abstract

Ensuring access to ongoing exercise programs for older adults with degenerative conditions is a challenge for allied health professionals. E-health technologies can help address this challenge. However, user acceptance is a critical determinant of their effectiveness. This study identified features influencing the willingness of older adults to use exercise software. It focused on user-friendliness, engagement, and user needs. Feedback was gathered via focus groups with thematic analysis used to analyse data. While participants perceived the software as user-friendly and engaging, intention to use the application was strongly influenced by perceptions about whether it met individual needs. While participants agreed that the software did provide a means for meeting their exercise needs, many identified on-the-spot expert support, safety, and social contact as being equally, if not more important than exercise. This study reinforces that well-designed, user-friendly applications will not necessarily engage and motivate users if they do not address user-prioritised needs.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Whetton, S and Visentin, D and Rowe, R and Rolf, D and Johns, S and Grayston, TI and Williams, A
Keywords: GUI, older adults, usability, user priorities
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction
Publisher: I G I Global
ISSN: 1548-3908
DOI / ID Number: 10.4018/IJTHI.2021100101
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