The reliability of using tablet technology for screening the health of older adults

Lex Van Velsen*, Sanne Frazer, Aurèle N'Dja, Nadir Ammour, Susanna Del Signore, Gianluca Zia, Hermie Hermens

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In this study, we assessed the reliability of using a tablet application for collecting health data among older adults, in comparison to using paper surveys for this goal. Test-retest reliability between the two modalities, usability, user experience factors, and older adults' preference were determined. The results show perfect agreement between tablet and paper for the SARC-F and high agreement for the SF-36 physical scale and EQ-5D. Usability and user experience factors were perceived the same for both modalities. The majority of the participants preferred the tablet for health screening purposes, mainly because of its ease of use. This study shows that using tablets for health screenings among older adults does not affect test reliability, and that older adults prefer the tablet to paper for completing these tests.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding Continents of Knowledge in Oceans of Data
Subtitle of host publicationThe Future of Co-Created eHealth - Proceedings of MIE 2018
EditorsAdrien Ugon, Daniel Karlsson, Gunnar O. Klein, Anne Moen
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781614998518
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event40th Medical Informatics in Europe Conference, MIE 2018 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 24 Apr 201826 Apr 2018
Conference number: 40

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Conference40th Medical Informatics in Europe Conference, MIE 2018
Abbreviated titleMIE 2018


  • Population health screening
  • Tablet computers
  • Test reliability


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