What are the impetuses Behind E-health applications’ self-management services’ ongoing adoption by health community participants?

Jin Guo, Shan Shan, Yousaf Ali Khan

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Over the past 20 years, the identification of interventions related to healthcare management has been greatly facilitated by improvements in the well-being and health of the entire population. However, regardless of the positive developments in smart health applications and e-health research, there are two important gaps, (1) the role of gamification variables in the continued use of eHealth applications has not been adequately assessed, and (2) the extent to which people’s perception of the continued use of e-health applications is encouraged through habit. Customers and companies can derive considerable value from exploring E-Health applications’ health self-management services. Accordingly, estimating such services’ ongoing adoption by customers is aimed for in this research, with habits, intrinsic and extrinsic variables incorporated into a study model which is then tested. This paper examined perceived autonomy, perceived competence, perceived relatedness has positively related to enjoyment and habit. Reward has positively related to perceived autonomy and continued to use. Enjoyment and Habit have positively associated with the decision to continue to use in e-Health Apps. 269 individuals who have used Chinese e-health applications comprised the data collection sample, being reached via an online questionnaire. Data analysis was undertaken using Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modelling (PLS-SEM). It was found that the ongoing adoption of e-health self-management services was perpetuated to a greater extent by intrinsic variables; in terms of strategizing for companies’ e-services, the results can inform this process.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
JournalHealth Informatics Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jan 2023

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  • Original Research Article
  • Health self-management
  • e-health applications
  • SDT
  • extrinsic factors
  • intrinsic factors
  • habit


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