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Teva UK study highlights underuse of digital health tools in older people

8th September 2016

Teva UK has announced the findings of a study it has conducted into the underuse of digital health tools among the baby boomer generation.

Speaking to more than 1,000 participants across the UK, the survey showed over-55s generally feel in control of their health and are more likely than any other age group to feel it is their responsibility to influence their own health.

Despite this, this group was also the least likely to seek advice on how to take better control of their health or search for health information online, with only one-third saying they find web-based health guidance to be dependable.

They would also be least likely to make use of health tests that can predict or prevent certain health conditions, while only one in five believe technologies such as wearable devices could revolutionise healthcare.

Kate Smith, director of NHS strategy at Teva UK, said: "The survey shows we need to do more to educate an older generation of the potential benefit of new tests, technologies and information now becoming available thanks to advances in digital health."

These findings were announced at NHS England's Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016 in Manchester, where Teva UK served as NHS England's Digital Zone partner.

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