Differences in mobile health app use: Do ability and motivation matter more than chronological age?

N. Bol, N. Helberger, J.C.M. Weert

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Abstract

This article provides a more differentiated understanding of mobile health consumers, and considers whether health app use may contribute to new digital inequalities. It focuses on factors associated with mobile health app use, and identifies which factors explain the use of different types of health apps. Data from a large representative sample of the Dutch population (N = 1,079) show that mobile health app users were generally younger, higher educated, and had higher levels of e-health literacy skills than non-users. Interestingly, different usage patterns were found for specific types of health apps. Theory and policy implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-193
Number of pages11
JournalThe Information Society
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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