Older adults' perceptions of home telehealth services

Telemed J E Health. 2013 Oct;19(10):786-90. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2012.0272. Epub 2013 Aug 9.


The success of home telemedicine depends on end-user adoption, which has been slow despite rapid advances in technological development. This study focuses on an examination of significant factors that may predict the successful adoption of home telemedicine services (HTS) among older adults. Based on previous studies in the fields of remote patient monitoring, assisted living technologies, and consumer health information technology acceptance, eight factors were identified as a framework for qualitative testing. Twelve focus groups were conducted with an older population living in both urban and rural environments. The results reveal seven predictors that play an important role in perceptions of HTS: perceived usefulness, effort expectancy, social influence, perceived security, computer anxiety, facilitating conditions, and physicians' opinion. The results provide important insights in the field of older adults' acceptance of HTS, with guidelines for the strategic planning, developing, and marketing of HTS for the graying market.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Attitude to Computers
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Home Care Agencies*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Slovenia
  • Telemedicine*