A scoping review exploration of the intended and unintended consequences of eHeath on older people : a health equity impact assessment
Fang, M. L., Siden, E., Korol, A., Demestihas, M-A., Sixsmith, J. & Sixsmith, A. (2018). A scoping review exploration of the intended and unintended consequences of eHeath on older people : a health equity impact assessment. Human Technology, 14 (3), 209-232. doi:10.17011/ht/urn.10.17011/ht/urn.201811224835
Published inHuman Technology
©2018 Mei Lan Fang, Ellie Siden, Anastasia Korol, Marie-Anne Demestihas, Judith Sixsmith, & Andrew Sixsmith, and the Open Science Centre, University of Jyväskylä
eHealth is one perceived mechanism to extend the range and reach of limited health-care resources for older adults. A decade-scoping review (2007–2017) was conducted to systematically search and synthesize evidence to understand the intended and unintended consequences of eHealth initiatives, informed by a health equity impact assessment framework. Scoping review sources included international academic and grey literature on eHealth initiatives (e.g., eHealth records, telemedicine/telecare, and mobile eHealth application) focused on the varying needs of older adults (aged 60+), particularly individuals experiencing sociocultural and economic difficulties. Findings suggest that eHealth has several potential benefits for older adults, but also the possibility of further excluding already marginalized groups, thereby exacerbating existing health disparities. Ongoing evaluation of eHealth initiatives for older adults is necessary and requires attention to unique individual-level, socioeconomic, and cultural characteristics to heighten benefits and better capture both the intended and unintended outcomes of advanced eHealth systems. ...