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A study on Singaporean women's acceptance of using mobile phones to seek health information
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-17, 23:23 authored by Lin, S, Xue, L, Yen, CC, Chang, L, Chan, HC, Tai, BC, Duh, B, Choolani, M
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.
Publication titleInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
Department/SchoolSchool of Information and Communication Technology
Place of publicationAmsterdam, the Netherlands
Rights statementCopyright 2011 Elsevier