Jessica Berner, Doctoral student

Health & Technology / Applied Health Technology

 

Jessica Berner

Titles

MSc, Doctoral student

Department/unit

Blekinge Institute of Technology
School of Health Science
SE-371 79 Karlskrona
Sweden
Phone: +46 455 38 54 69
email: Jessica.berner@bth.se

Title of Thesis work

Older adults and their internet/computer usage

Overall aim of the thesis

The internet and computer use of the elderly has been a research area for many years. There have been advancements from trying to train the elderly in learning computers, participating in online communities, to placing sensors in their homes so as to create tools to make life as comfortable as possible for them.

Within health care it is of value that the elderly are a little technologically savvy, as new health systems are being applied where a more effective care is provided already by use of computers, networks and internet.  Thus to look at the elderly that today are not using internet and computers, draws attention to a segment that is possibly ignored and that will need adapted health care. In addition this is interesting from the point of view of today’s society being in an in between phase where the digital divide is closing in.

Dissertation plan and preliminary time schedule

To graduate in 2013

Main supervisor

Name: Johan Berglund
Title: Professor of Public Health
Affiliation: School of Health Science, Blekinge Institute of Technology
E-mail: johan.berglund@bth.se

Assistant supervisor

Name: Mikael Rennemark
Title: Senior Lecturer 
Affiliation: School of Health Science, Blekinge Institute of Technology
E-mail: mikael.rennemark@bth.se

Name: Claes Jogreus
Title: Senior Lecturer 
Affiliation: School of Engineering, Blekinge Institute of Technology
E-mail: claes.jogreus@bth.se

Name: Peter Anderberg
Title: Senior Lecturer
Affiliation: School of Health Science, Blekinge Institute of Technology
E-mail: peter.anderberg@bth.se

Financing and affiliations

My doctoral studies are being financed by the School of Health Science.

Peer reviewed Publications

Berner J, Rennemark M, Jogréus C, Berglund J. (2012) Distribution of personality, individual characteristics and internet usage in Swedish older adults. Aging & Mental Health. Vol. 16, No. 1, January 2012, 119-126.

Accepted Publications

Berner J, Rennemark M, Jogréus C, Berglund J. (2012). Factors associated with change in Internet use of Swedish older adults (2004-2010). Health Informatics Journal, in press.

Abstracts and Conference papers

Abstract presentation at the "Joint conference on aging" (2009) in Seoul, Korea: A longitudinal study integrating population, care and social services data. The Swedish National Study on Aging and Care (SNAC).

Professional background

Master of Science in Health Psychology

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