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Promoting dietary awareness: Home-dwelling older adults' perspectives on using a nutrition application.
Int J Older People Nurs. 2020 Jun 29 [Online ahead of print]IJ

Abstract

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

This study investigated older adults' experiences of using the Appetitus app with support from healthcare professionals.

BACKGROUND

Good nutrition status is important for good health when ageing. However, as undernutrition remains a prevalent and persistent problem among older adults, the study explored whether technology affords innovative support for nutritional self-care among older adults.

DESIGN

The study was explorative and qualitative in approach.

METHODS

Appetitus was developed as a tablet-based application to prevent and alleviate undernutrition among older adults. Eighteen home-dwelling older adults used the app for 8 weeks. Older adults received home care, and local healthcare professionals introduced the app and gave support during the study.

RESULTS

Appetitus served as a source of inspiration and a reminder of available, relevant food options. Appetitus encouraged some participants to eat or drink more by the end of the day while others became more aware of selecting food options to ensure sufficient protein, energy and fluids. However, some participants made no active effort to change their diet despite feedback from the app that suggested they did not eat or drink enough. Technical support from healthcare professionals facilitated participants' use of the app and tablet. Some participants also received more specific nutritional follow-up that helped to make their experience of using the app more meaningful.

CONCLUSION

Older adults' awareness about the importance of keeping a diet that helps prevent undernutrition was reinforced through the use of Appetitus and discussing nutrition with healthcare professionals.

IMPLICATION FOR PRACTICE

The findings affirm feasibility of using technology in nutritional interventions enhancing self-care among older adults.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.Department of Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32597570

Citation

Aure, Caroline Farsjø, et al. "Promoting Dietary Awareness: Home-dwelling Older Adults' Perspectives On Using a Nutrition Application." International Journal of Older People Nursing, 2020, pp. e12332.
Aure CF, Kluge A, Moen A. Promoting dietary awareness: Home-dwelling older adults' perspectives on using a nutrition application. Int J Older People Nurs. 2020.
Aure, C. F., Kluge, A., & Moen, A. (2020). Promoting dietary awareness: Home-dwelling older adults' perspectives on using a nutrition application. International Journal of Older People Nursing, e12332. https://doi.org/10.1111/opn.12332
Aure CF, Kluge A, Moen A. Promoting Dietary Awareness: Home-dwelling Older Adults' Perspectives On Using a Nutrition Application. Int J Older People Nurs. 2020 Jun 29;e12332. PubMed PMID: 32597570.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Promoting dietary awareness: Home-dwelling older adults' perspectives on using a nutrition application. AU - Aure,Caroline Farsjø, AU - Kluge,Anders, AU - Moen,Anne, Y1 - 2020/06/29/ PY - 2019/11/19/received PY - 2020/04/21/revised PY - 2020/06/12/accepted PY - 2020/6/30/entrez KW - computers KW - handheld KW - health promotion KW - home care services KW - older adults KW - protein-energy malnutrition KW - qualitative research SP - e12332 EP - e12332 JF - International journal of older people nursing JO - Int J Older People Nurs N2 - AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study investigated older adults' experiences of using the Appetitus app with support from healthcare professionals. BACKGROUND: Good nutrition status is important for good health when ageing. However, as undernutrition remains a prevalent and persistent problem among older adults, the study explored whether technology affords innovative support for nutritional self-care among older adults. DESIGN: The study was explorative and qualitative in approach. METHODS: Appetitus was developed as a tablet-based application to prevent and alleviate undernutrition among older adults. Eighteen home-dwelling older adults used the app for 8 weeks. Older adults received home care, and local healthcare professionals introduced the app and gave support during the study. RESULTS: Appetitus served as a source of inspiration and a reminder of available, relevant food options. Appetitus encouraged some participants to eat or drink more by the end of the day while others became more aware of selecting food options to ensure sufficient protein, energy and fluids. However, some participants made no active effort to change their diet despite feedback from the app that suggested they did not eat or drink enough. Technical support from healthcare professionals facilitated participants' use of the app and tablet. Some participants also received more specific nutritional follow-up that helped to make their experience of using the app more meaningful. CONCLUSION: Older adults' awareness about the importance of keeping a diet that helps prevent undernutrition was reinforced through the use of Appetitus and discussing nutrition with healthcare professionals. IMPLICATION FOR PRACTICE: The findings affirm feasibility of using technology in nutritional interventions enhancing self-care among older adults. SN - 1748-3743 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32597570/Promoting_dietary_awareness:_Home-dwelling_older_adults'_perspectives_on_using_a_nutrition_application L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/opn.12332 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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