Understanding the factors that influence the primary appraisal of mHealth tools in developing countries: An exploratory case-study in Nigeria

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dc.contributor.author Eze, Emmanuel
dc.contributor.author Gleasure, Rob
dc.contributor.author Heavin, Ciara
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-19T10:06:36Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-19T10:06:36Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Eze, E., Gleasure, R. and Heavin, C. (2019) 'Understanding the Factors that Influence the Primary Appraisal of mHealth Tools in Developing Countries: An Exploratory Case-Study in Nigeria'. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 23. (34 pp). doi:10.3127/ajis.v23i0.1815 en
dc.identifier.volume 23 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 34 en
dc.identifier.issn 1449-8618
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/9029
dc.identifier.doi 10.3127/ajis.v23i0.1815 en
dc.description.abstract Shortages of health workers, infrastructural deficiencies, limited access to medical care are just a few of the many barriers to care in developing countries. The integration of smartphones and mobile devices into healthcare systems has been proposed to address some of the physical barriers to care and service delivery. These mHealth solutions extend the reach of medical care into rural areas of developing countries. However, it is not clear how mHealth solutions designed and tested in one developing region can be positively appraised for use in others. This study frames this problem using a coping theory approach based on an exploratory case-study to understand the factors that influence primary appraisal of smartphone-enabled clinical guidelines (mHealth tool) for accessing, classifying and eliciting treatment recommendation for sick children under the age of five by rural healthcare workers (RHCWs). Findings identified a set of factors which are bound as an emerging explanatory positivity model that influence primary appraisal of an mHealth tool in a new context. These factors are the set of individual and social factors that governments, funding bodies and non-governmental organisations should consider before embarking on the introduction of an mHealth tool in rural communities of developing countries. It is envisaged that by understanding the factors that influence primary appraisal, that is, either as an opportunity or a threat, practitioners and organisations will support positive appraisal and minimise the occurrence of negative ones when introducing mHealth tools. These findings have implications for theory, practice, and future research as explained in the concluding section of this paper. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Australasian Association for Information Systems (AAIS) en
dc.relation.uri https://journal.acs.org.au/index.php/ajis/article/view/1815
dc.rights © 2019 Eze, Gleasure & Heavin en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/au/ en
dc.subject Healthcare en
dc.subject Developing countries en
dc.subject Mobile technology en
dc.subject Coping theory en
dc.subject mHealth en
dc.subject Rural healthcare workers en
dc.title Understanding the factors that influence the primary appraisal of mHealth tools in developing countries: An exploratory case-study in Nigeria en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Emmanuel Eze, Department of Business Information Systems, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: emmanuel.eze@ucc.ie en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Australasian Journal of Information Systems en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress emmanuel.eze@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.eissn 1326-2238


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