An e-health system for the elderly (Butler Project): a pilot study on acceptance and satisfaction

Cyberpsychol Behav. 2009 Jun;12(3):255-62. doi: 10.1089/cpb.2008.0325.


The Butler Project is a technological e-health platform that uses the Internet to connect various users; it was designed to deliver health care to the elderly. The Butler platform has three levels of implementation: diagnosis (mood monitoring, alert system, management reports), therapy (training in inducing positive moods, memory work), and entertainment (e-mail, chat, video, photo albums, music, friend forums, accessibility to the Internet). The objective of this work is to describe the psychological aspects of the platform and to present data obtained from four users. Results show that after using the system, the participants increased their positive emotions and decreased their negative ones; in addition, they obtained high levels of satisfaction and experienced little difficulty in using the system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Attitude to Computers*
  • Computer Literacy
  • Delivery of Health Care / trends*
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Health Services for the Aged / trends*
  • Humans
  • Internet / trends*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology*
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Software / trends
  • Spain
  • Telemetry / trends
  • Therapy, Computer-Assisted / trends