THE PRIMARY LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROPOSED RESEARCH ISTO PROMOTE INDEPENDENCE AND SELF-HEALTH CARE BEHAVIORS AMONGTHE ELDERLY POPULATION.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
4679
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Vantage Point Systems
9043 Dunloggin Court, Ellicott City, MD, 21043
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 CAROLYN S LAY
 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
 (301) 465-6193
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE PRIMARY LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROPOSED RESEARCH ISTO PROMOTE INDEPENDENCE AND SELF-HEALTH CARE BEHAVIORS AMONGTHE ELDERLY POPULATION. SIMULATION STRATEGIES AND ADVANCES IN COMPUTER AND VIDEODISC TECHNOLOGY WILL BE APPLIED TO ACCOMPLISH THIS OBJECTIVE. THROUGH THE SIMULATIONS, OLDER INDIVIDUALS WILL EXPERIENCE HEALTH RELATED SCENARIOS IN WHICH THEY ROLE PLAY ASSERTIVE INDIVIDUALS ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN THEIR OWN HEALTH MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS. SPECIFICALLY, THE SIMULATION DESIGN AIMS TO ENHANCE AGING INDIVIDUALS' CONFIDENCE IN THEIR OWN ABILITY TO EXPRESS THEIR NEEDS, FEELINGS, AND OPINIONS IN AN OPEN, HONEST, AND DIRECT MANNER. EMPHASIS WILL BE PLACED ON INTERPERSONAL BEHAVIORS AND APPROPRIATE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN OLDER ADULTS AND THEIR PROFESSIONAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS. PHASE I RESEARCH WILL COMPARE AND CONTRAST WAYS IN WHICH OLD AND YOUNG INDIVIDUALS PROCESS INFORMATION VIA THIS INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGY. RESEARCHERS WILL ALSO STUDY HOW APPLICATIONS OFTHIS VERY EXPENSIVE MEDIUM CAN REACH THE TARGET AUDIENCE-THEELDERLY. THE RESEARCH WILL EXAMINE SOME OF THE CONSTRAINTS IN THE EXISTING HEALTH INFORMATION DELIVERY NETWORK AND PROPOSE SOLUTIONS TO ASSURE THE COMMERCIAL VIABILITY OF THE VIDEODISC SIMULATION.

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