Best practices for implementing a technology-based intervention protocol: Participant and researcher considerations

George Mois, Elizabeth A. Lydon, Vincent F. Mathias, Sarah E. Jones, Raksha A. Mudar, Wendy Rogers

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Technology-based interventions present a promising approach to support health and wellness for older adults with a range of cognitive abilities. Technology can enhance access to interventions and support scaling of programs to reach more people. However, the use of technology for intervention delivery requires particular attention to users’ needs and preferences and ensuring the materials are adaptable and supportive of a diverse range of technology proficiency levels. We share best practices based on lessons learned from the deployment of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) wherein we delivered an 8-week social engagement intervention through a video technology platform called OneClick for older adults with varying cognitive abilities. We developed a set of best practices and guidelines informed by the lessons learned through this RCT implementation. Technology-based interventions require attention to the application (e.g., video calls), system requirements (e.g., system memory, broadband internet), training (e.g., adaptability based on user competency), and support (e.g., handouts, live contact). These best practices relate to user needs; training design; personnel responsibility; structuring delivery and content; and evaluating success. These research-based best practices can guide the design, development, and implementation of technology-based interventions to support older adults with varying cognitive abilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105373
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
StatePublished - Jul 2024


  • Gerontechnology
  • Intervention development
  • Loneliness
  • Social Engagement
  • Social Isolation
  • Videoconferencing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Aging
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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