A ground-up approach to mHealth in Nigeria: A study of primary healthcare workers’ attitude to mHealth adoption

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dc.contributor.author Kenny, Grace
dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Yvonne
dc.contributor.author Eze, Emmanuel
dc.contributor.author Ndibuagu, Edmund
dc.contributor.author Heavin, Ciara
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-20T13:24:13Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-20T13:24:13Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Kenny, G., O’Connor, Y., Eze, E., Ndibuagu, E. and Heavin, C. (2017) 'A ground-up approach to mHealth in Nigeria: A study of primary healthcare workers’ attitude to mHealth adoption', Procedia Computer Science, 121, pp. 809-816. doi: 10.1016/j.procs.2017.11.105 en
dc.identifier.volume 121
dc.identifier.startpage 809
dc.identifier.endpage 816
dc.identifier.issn 1877-0509
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5505
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.procs.2017.11.105
dc.description.abstract Mobile Health (mHealth) has been piloted in developing countries to transform the delivery of healthcare services. Despite this heightened focus on mHealth, the number of fully operational mHealth solutions implemented in these locations remains surprisingly low. To extend mHealth projects beyond pilot stage it is imperative that the primary end user is positively predisposed to engaging with the mHealth intervention. Through exploring initial perceptions, we can inform later stages of mHealth projects or develop interventions to convert attitudes into commitment or motivation to use mHealth. This qualitative exploratory study aims to understand end users’, namely Primary Healthcare (PHC) workers, initial attitudes towards a mHealth project called IMPACT (usIng Mobile Phones for Assessing, Classifying and Treating sick children). We conducted a field study in Enugu State, Nigeria to understand end users’ perceptions of the relevance, benefits, threats and initial understanding of the technology influencing end users’ attitudes towards adoption of mHealth. The initial findings indicate that PHC workers expressed positive perceptions regarding the relevance and benefits associated with the IMPACT app. PHC workers focus on how the technology could support them to be more efficient and effective in their roles. However, they advocate the need for community wide education and training to eradicate negative perceptions or misgivings about the potential use of mHealth as part of a patient’s assessment. en
dc.description.sponsorship Irish Research Council (‘New Horizons REPRO/2015/116’) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier Ltd. en
dc.relation.uri https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877050917323074
dc.rights © 2017, the Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. Under a Creative Commons license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject mHealth en
dc.subject Mobile health en
dc.subject Primary healthcare workers en
dc.subject Developing countries en
dc.subject End users en
dc.title A ground-up approach to mHealth in Nigeria: A study of primary healthcare workers’ attitude to mHealth adoption en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Ciara Heavin, Business Information Systems, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: c.heavin@ucc.ie en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.internal.rssid 447613992
dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Procedia Computer Science en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress c.heavin@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress y.oconnor@ucc.ie en


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