This study examined whether a curriculum to train older adults to access health information on the Internet was easy for older students to grasp and easy for trainers to teach. The study provided recommendations to the National Institute on Aging on ways to improve the training program and distribute it. Researchers collected data on content, instructions, format, usage, and content distribution. The study consisted of review by a focus group of original lessons, pilot testing the lessons in computer classes with seniors, mid-study and end-of-study curriculum review sessions, and an online survey and lesson review. The online usage and distribution survey confirmed high interest by potential users in the training program. It also showed an inclination by recipients to use the program when it was distributed. Usage may also be affected by availability of train-the-trainer materials and by how easily the materials can be downloaded. The results of the study were used to improve the content, format, and layout of the curriculum. The preferred method of distribution was to download from online sources.
Report Title: The National Institute on Aging's "Guide for Training Older Adults to Access Health Information on the Web" http://aspe.hhs.gov/pic/fullreports/06/8397.htm
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Dailey, Stephanie, 301-496-1752
Performer: PS International; Arnold, MD
PIC ID: 8397