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Using e-health to support the challenges of an ageing population

Researchers at our Institute of Digital Healthcare have published a systematic review on e-health based active ageing interventions.

As life expectancy is at an all-time high, this type of research has become an international priority offering enormous potential to support individuals, communities, clinicians and policy makers.

Our Professor of e-Health Innovation and Head of Research, Theo Arvanitis, Dr Timothy Robbins and Dr Sarah Lim Choi Keung, worked alongside experts at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire to establish the extent to which current research literature considers e-health-based and telemedicine-based active ageing interventions.

The team reported a considerable breadth of both interventions and technologies, including a reassuring focus on community-based interventions. But whilst there are a number of quantitative studies, sample sizes are small, with a limited amount of statistical testing of the results.

This review also highlighted barriers to in-depth research including a lack of consensus as to preferred outcome measures, or indeed the most fruitful intervention strategies, paving the way for follow up work.

Read the abstract here.