Effects of “the Selected Smartphone Social-Messaging Applications” Training on Iranian Elderly’s Quality of Life: Results of a Qualitative Study

Seyed Ebrahim Hosseini, Stuart Charters, Patricia Anthony, Abdulsalam Alhazmi

Abstract


This qualitative study aimed to investigate the effects of using smartphone’s communication apps on Quality of Life (QoL) of elderly people living in Shiraz-Iran. The population of the study was all the senior residents registered with local public health centers located in Shiraz, Fars, Iran in 2018-2019. Overall, 20 participants volunteered to join the study, from the intervention and control groups (10 in each). Data were collected via semi-structured face to face interviews and analyzed using open-coding. The findings of this study and the educational training are intended to help families, practitioners in the aging field to pay more attention to teaching modern communication technology in order to promote healthier elderly and community.

Keywords


Iranian elderly; Quality of life; Smartphone; Social applications; Semi-experimental qualitative method

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