Ny app kan gi ernæringsstøtte til hjemmeboende eldre
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Original versionFarsjø, C., & Moen, A. (2016). Ny app kan gi ernæringsstøtte til hjemmeboende eldre. Sykepleien Forskning, 11(2), 166-172. 10.4220/Sykepleienf.2016.57821
Background: Risk of malnutrition is a common problem among home-dwelling elderly, and we have explored if an application on tablets offers new opportunities to prevent nutritional risk. We developed APPETITT; a tablet application about nutrition, presenting dishes, enabling registration of food choices and notifications about meal time. Objective: To assess if the application was sufficiently adapted to the elderly inexperienced users of technology, and if the application had potential to contribute to encouragement and orientation about meals. Method: We did a pilot study in spring 2014. Four elderly used APPETITT for four weeks. Data was collected in a focus group interview and the informants demonstrated how they used APPETITT. Results: The informants used APPETITT daily and considered it easy to use. Meal suggestions presented as pictures inspired and influenced to some extent the informants’ meal choices. Two informants found that reporting food choices could increase awareness, while two saw little need for this function in the prototype. The pilot test revealed that notification of meals did not work as anticipated; only one of them had paid attention to the notifications. Conclusion: APPETITT can inspire to include variations in diet and contribute to increased awareness about meals and nutrition. The application is suitable for novice technology users. In further development of the application, opportunities for individualisation should be further supported.