Jun 5, Open Peer Review Period: Jun 6, - Aug 1, Background: Family caregivers are essential to supporting the growing population of aging adults. Caregivers provide essential care and support and are often highly engaged in the pursuit of health in Read Abstract Close Background: Caregivers provide essential care and support and are often highly engaged in the pursuit of health information. The objective of this study was to examine health information seeking behaviors among caregivers, and to identify caregiver characteristics that contribute to difficulty in seeking health information.
Caregivers sought health information for themselves and others more often than non-caregivers. Caregivers used computers, smartphones, or other electronic means to find health information more frequently than non-caregivers. Among caregivers, non-whites, those with less education and those without a regular healthcare provider were less confident in seeking health information. Female caregivers experienced less difficulty seeking health information compared to male caregivers, and caregivers born outside of the US reported greater difficulty seeking health information.
Our study highlights prevalence of health information seeking among caregivers, and the use of electronic means to find health information. Notable differences in difficulty and confidence in health information seeking exist between caregivers, indicating the need for more attention to socioeconomic status, gender, and immigration status. May 15, Open Peer Review Period: May 18, - Jul 13, Background: Health and social care systems were designed to be used primarily by people with single and acute diseases.
However, a growing number of older adults are diagnosed with multiple long-term However, a growing number of older adults are diagnosed with multiple long-term health conditions LTCs. The process of navigating the intricacies of health and social care systems in order to receive appropriate care presents significant challenges for older people living with multiple LTCs, which in turn can negatively influence their well-being and quality of life.
The long-term goal of this work is to design technology to assist people with LTCs in navigating health and social care systems. In order to do so, we must first understand how older people living with LTCs currently engage with and navigate their care networks.
There is no published research that describes and analyses the structure of formal and informal care networks of older adults with multiple LTCs, the frequency of interactions with each type of care service, and the problems that typically arise in these interactions.
A mixed-methods study was carried out. Sixty-two participants, all aged 55 years or over, living in England, with two or more LTCs, were recruited and completed a social network analysis SNA questionnaire. On average, interviewees were aged 70 years old and had four LTCs.
Personal care networks PCNs were complex and adapted to each individual. Smooth communication and interaction between different parts of the care system were found to lead to more satisfying navigation experiences.
Technology to support care navigation for older adults with multiple LTCs needs to support patients in managing complex health and social care systems by effectively integrating management of multiple conditions and facilitating communication between multiple stakeholders, while also offering flexibility to adapt to individual situations. Since quality of care seems to be dependent on determination and ability of patient, this leads to uneven care.
Those with less determination, and less organization skills experience worse care. Technology must aim to fulfil these coordination functions, to ensure care is equitable across those who need it, not just those who ask loudest. May 4, Open Peer Review Period: May 9, - Jul 4, This manuscript needs more reviewers Background: In older adults depression is one of the most common mental disorders.
Unfortunately, depression in older adults is often not being recognized. The aim of this study was to iden The aim of this study was to identify how online applications can recognize and help treat depression in older adults.
Results of the focus groups highlighted that there is a need for a collaborative care platform for depression in old age. Findings from the online study showed that younger participants 50 to 64 years used electronic media more often than older participants 65 years and older. The interviews point in a comparable direction. Overall, an e-mental health treatment for depression in older adults would be well accepted. They should be developed, evaluated and in case of evidence for their effectiveness integrated in everyday clinic.