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A study on Singaporean women's acceptance of using mobile phones to seek health information

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Lin, S and Xue, L and Yen, CC and Chang, L and Chan, HC and Tai, BC and Duh, B and Choolani, M, A study on Singaporean women's acceptance of using mobile phones to seek health information, International Journal of Medical Informatics, 80 pp. 189-202. ISSN 1386-5056 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2011 Elsevier

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2011.08.007

Abstract

Objective: This paper is an exploratory study that investigates Singaporean women’s acceptance of using mobile phones to seek health information. Method: A mobile web containing health topics was developed to track Singaporean women’s actual use of their mobile phones to seek health information. A survey questionnaire measured variables hypothesized to predict Behavioural Intention. The survey responses were then matched to the data collected on actual use. Correlation analysis and hierarchical regression were used to analyze the data collected. Results: Findings revealed that Perceived Usefulness and Self-efficacy positively predicted the intention to use mobile phones to seek health information. The study also confirmed the presence of an intention–behaviour gap among participants. The conversion of intention to actual behaviour hinges on technical concerns and design factors. Prior experiences with health information seeking reinforced women’s evaluations of the usefulness of the mobile web application and helped them to feel more self-efficacious about using their mobile phones to seek health information. Using mobile phones to seek health information was found to be complementary to online health information seeking and can be regarded as an alternative source to the internet for seeking health information.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Health information Mobile phone Mobile healthcare Technology Acceptance Model Women
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Information Systems
Research Field:Computer-Human Interaction
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Computer Software and Services
Objective Field:Application Tools and System Utilities
Author:Duh, B (Professor Henry Duh)
ID Code:89978
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:41
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2014-03-21
Last Modified:2014-12-08
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