Health services and eHealth from the perspective of older rural residents of Finnish Lapland

Päivi Rasi, Ella Airola

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

7 Downloads (Pure)


This study explored from a life course perspective what kind of relationship older people taking part in the study had toward health services and eHealth. The study sought to answer the following questions: What kind of challenges, positive experiences, and expectations are related to health care in a remote area, according to the respondents? How do the respondents presently conceive and use eHealth? What kind of memories of past life and health services do the respondents report, and how do these express their distinct identities, history, and culture? The research data consisted of written accounts by older residents of Finnish Lapland. Nearly all the respondents reported challenges related to the availability, quality and costs of health services, although they balanced their accounts with positive experiences of well-functioning health services. The respondents' outlooks on eHealth and health services were diverse and built on their temporal self. In terms of the respondents' use of eHealth, only a few of the respondents reported that they presently used eHealth services. Finally, respondents’ memories of past life experiences and health services expressed their distinct identities and culture, as the cultural values of resilience and self-reliance were interpreted from the data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-185
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Rural Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Health services
  • Life course perspective
  • Older people
  • Rural health
  • eHealth

Field of science

  • Health care science


Dive into the research topics of 'Health services and eHealth from the perspective of older rural residents of Finnish Lapland'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Citation for this output