Empowering Older Adults to Make Informed Healthcare Decisions
Assessing how decision making changes with age and helping seniors find the types of information they want and need
Healthcare systems are increasingly embracing patient-centered decision models that require patients to find, review and understand information before making medical choices. This particularly affects older adults who make up the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population and require the most medical attention. However, little consideration has been given to age differences in patients’ information needs or preferences. As a result, older patients might not be receiving the types of information they need to make well-informed decisions. In her research, Julia Nolte aims at identifying age differences in the preference for different types of information, providing community members with suggestions on how to obtain the information they desire, and examining links between preferred information type, information search strategy and decision quality.
- Graduate student: Julia Nolte, human development
- Special committee chair: Valerie Reyna and Corinna Löckenhoff, Department of Human Development
College of Human Ecology
- Community partner: Horizon Villages
- Community partner: Tompkins County Office for the Aging
- Community partner: McGraw House Company
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