Exploring an informed decision-making framework using in-home sensors: older adults’ perceptions

Jane Chung, Blaine Reeder, Amanda Lazar, Jonathan Joe, George Demiris, Hilaire J. Thompson


Background Sensor technologies are designed to assist independent living of older adults. However, it is often difficult for older adults to make an informed decision about adopting sensor technologies.

Objective To explore Bruce’s framework of informed decision making (IDM) for in-home use of sensor technologies in community-dwelling elders.

Method The IDM framework guided development of a semi-structured interview. A theory-driven coding approach was used for analysis.

Results Participants supported most of the elements of the framework, but not all aspects of each element were addressed. Perceived usefulness of technologies was identified as an area for framework extension.

Conclusion This paper provides useful information for health care professionals to consider how to enhance IDM of older adults regarding the use of sensor technologies. The results also illuminate elements of the IDM framework that may be critical to facilitating independent living for older adults.


Aged; aged 80 and over; decision making; monitoring ambulatory/instrumentation; technology

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14236/jhi.v21i2.53


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