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We are delighted to have been awarded a new research grant (£412,250) by the Dunhill Medical Trust to develop methods to identify digitally excluded older people, and tailor interventions to meet their digital needs.

The study will develop an inclusive method of identifying older people who are digitally excluded, explore key factors that influence their digital behaviours, and adapt or develop intervention(s) to address digital exclusion. The refined intervention(s) will be feasibility tested with older people to assess acceptability and obtain their feedback on content and delivery mechanisms.

This is a collaborative study led by Dr Liz Graham from the Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research (ASR) at BIHR. The team includes colleagues from ASR (Professor Andy Clegg, Professor Anne Forster, Dr Jess Johansson and Dr Kate Best), Age-UK Leeds, NHS Bradford District & Craven Health and Care Partnership, North East and Yorkshire Region Office for Health Improvement and Disparities; as well as strong patient and public involvement – PPI co-applicant and collaboration with voluntary sector and community organisations which support older people. The study will run for 34 months, commencing Autumn 2023.