AN ANALYSIS OF THE TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTANCE MODEL IN UNDERSTANDING ELDERLY’S OPENNESS TO TELEMEDICINE SERVICES IN POLAND. THE RELEVANCE OF PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL BARRIERS IN SENIORS' ICT EDUCATION
, K. Śmiatacz2
1Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz (POLAND)
2UTP University of Science and Technology (POLAND)
Many countries observe the enlargement of their ageing populations and the misconduct of their health and social aid sectors. So far responsibility for elderly care services is shared between the family and the state. Looking for savings, countries tend to develop and popularise e-health and telemedicine services. Yet little research has been done to verify the process of how geriatric patients adopt and use telemedicine services in Poland. A sample of 312 seniors took part in the research. The criteria for the research inclusion were: having reached the age of 60, an absence of serious cognitive disturbances. The participants filled PCI questionnaire and were interviewed. The results were analysed in three numerically equal subgroups (N=104) representing 60-year, 70-year and 80-year olds. The analysis were to estimate the relevance of personal and environmental barriers in seniors' ICT education. The authors also indicate possible economical, technical, social, ethical and subjective premises of the implementation of tele-computing tools in geriatrics.