Elderly, novice users and health information websites: issues of accessibility and usability.

Alice Good*, Suzanne Stokes, Jenny Jerrams-Smith

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The Web can provide a quick and easy way to access health information, especially for elderly users. However, these health information sites need to be accessible and usable. In spite of legislation and clear guidelines, there continues to be issues of poor accessibility and usability. Because of an aging population and the likelihood of being more susceptible to age-related impairments such as restricted vision and mobility, the severity of this problem continues to grow. This article presents the results of an exploratory study aimed at assessing the accessibility and usability of three health information Web sites for elderly novice users. The results from the study show that certain aspects of these Web sites make it difficult for elderly people to use them, especially if the users have impairments. Problematic areas are highlighted regarding usability and accessibility, and recommendations are made based on the findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-79
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of healthcare information management : JHIM
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2007


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