ERIC Number: EJ1162145
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Testing the Usability of a Portable DVD Player and Tailored Photo Instructions with Older Adult Veterans
Gould, Christine E.; Zapata, Aimee Marie L.; Shinsky, Deanna N.; Goldstein, Mary K.
Educational Gerontology, v44 n1 p64-73 2018
DVD-delivered behavioral skills training may help disseminate efficacious treatments to older adults independent of internet access. The present study examined the usability of a portable DVD player alongside iterative revisions of accompanying instructions to be used by older adults in a DVD-delivered behavioral skills treatment study. The sample comprised 20 older adults with a mean age of 69.5 years (SD = 7.3). Behavior observations revealed that three of five steps to play the DVD were completed by more than 90% of participants. Quantitative ratings revealed that 75% could play the DVD easily. Qualitative content analysis further elucidated the usability of the player and the clarity of the instructions. Findings suggest user-centered design of instructional support in DVD-delivered treatments for older adults may be critical to minimizing user error and frustration and increase user experience.
Descriptors: Usability, Older Adults, Qualitative Research, Content Analysis, Design, Video Technology, Anxiety, Therapy, Questionnaires, Feedback (Response), Comorbidity, Check Lists, Veterans, Semi Structured Interviews, Illustrations, Health, Measures (Individuals)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: US Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service (RR&D)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: IK2RX001478