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The experience with and the usability of the Perssilaa online exercise program : a study in prefrail older adults

Uelderink, F.C. (2015) The experience with and the usability of the Perssilaa online exercise program : a study in prefrail older adults.

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Abstract:Background: The share of elderly in the population is becoming bigger, which brings increasing health care costs, partly due to the physical limitations of the older adults. The aim of this research was to gain insight in the experiences of older adults with the Perssilaa online exercise program. Methods/ Design: During 16 weeks a study was done with a research group of fifteen prefrail older adults. They used the Perssilaa online exercise program; an adjustable exercise program of seventeen exercises per session, based on the Otago home exercise program. The program contains five levels of increasing difficulty. Adherence is calculated by analysis of the saved logbook data of the participants. Participants have completed the UTAUT and SUS questionnaire for their acceptance and sustainability of the technology. Interviews with the participants were conducted to gather more details about their experiences with the program. Results: The overall experience of the Perssilaa home exercise program is rated good by most of the respondents. A few adjustments should be made to improve the program and make it more motivating, for example by adding a gaming aspect to the program. The participants trained 2.34 times a week on average, with an average duration of 23.5 minutes. There were four drop-outs. Conclusion: The experiences of the prefrail elderly with the Perssilaa online exercise program were good and the program was easy to use for the older participants. The recommendation would be to improve and expand the program to make it more motivating, and to promote it more widely. Further research needs to be done to the adjusted program in a bigger research population.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Roessingh Research and Development, Enschede, the Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:44 medicine
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
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