Adoption and Use of Health-related Mobile Applications: A Qualitative Study with Experienced Users

Elena Smirnova, Niklas Eriksson, Asle Fagerstrøm

Abstract

Mobile health-related applications (apps) such as physical activity apps and diet apps can help users to implement a more active and healthier lifestyle. This qualitative study investigates experienced users’ triggers to initially download mobile health apps, the drivers that keep them using these types of apps, and the barriers that hinder them from an extended engagement with the apps. Thirteen factors were inductively identified and matched with constructs in theories of technology adoption and use. Also, results from previous studies on mobile health apps were used in the discussion. Life situation, Relevant statistics, and Perceived satisfaction with first health app were identified as initial triggers. Price value, Simplicity, Personalisation, Guidance and Progress based on data, Flexibility, and Social encounters were identified as drivers for continuous use. Perceived risk of personal data, Time-consumption, Limited understanding of health data and Adaption to new routines were identified as barriers for greater engagement with the apps. Managerial implications and further research are also discussed.

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in Harvard Style

Smirnova E., Eriksson N. and Fagerstrøm A. (2021). Adoption and Use of Health-related Mobile Applications: A Qualitative Study with Experienced Users.In Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 4: HEALTHINF, ISBN 978-989-758-490-9, pages 288-295. DOI: 10.5220/0010185902880295


in Bibtex Style

@conference{healthinf21,
author={Elena Smirnova and Niklas Eriksson and Asle Fagerstrøm},
title={Adoption and Use of Health-related Mobile Applications: A Qualitative Study with Experienced Users},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 4: HEALTHINF,},
year={2021},
pages={288-295},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0010185902880295},
isbn={978-989-758-490-9},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 4: HEALTHINF,
TI - Adoption and Use of Health-related Mobile Applications: A Qualitative Study with Experienced Users
SN - 978-989-758-490-9
AU - Smirnova E.
AU - Eriksson N.
AU - Fagerstrøm A.
PY - 2021
SP - 288
EP - 295
DO - 10.5220/0010185902880295