Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Cajamarca G., Herskovic V., Rossel P. (2020)

Enabling Older Adults’ Health Self-Management through Self-Report and Visualization—A Systematic Literature Review

Revista : Sensors
Volumen : 20
Número : 15
Páginas : 4348
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


Aging is associated with a progressive decline in health, resulting in increased medical care and costs. Mobile technology may facilitate health self-management, thus increasing the quality of care and reducing costs. Although the development of technology offers opportunities in monitoring the health of older adults, it is not clear whether these technologies allow older adults to manage their health data themselves. This paper presents a review of the literature on mobile health technologies for older adults, focusing on whether these technologies enable the visualization of monitored data and the self-reporting of additional information by the older adults. The systematic search considered studies published between 2009 and 2019 in five online databases. We screened 609 articles and identified 95 that met our inclusion and exclusion criteria. Smartphones and tablets are the most frequently reported technology for older adults to enter additional data to the one that is monitored automatically. The recorded information is displayed on the monitoring device and screens of external devices such as computers. Future designs of mobile health technology should allow older users to enter additional information and visualize data; this could enable them to understand their own data as well as improve their experience with technology.