Following Social determinants of Health and ICT for Health (eHealth) conceptual framework and the results from Citizens and ICT for Health in 14 EU countries: results from an online panel survey I have been exploring the difussion of mHealth in Europe. Internet users were asked about the use of health/wellness application on their mobile phone:
- 77% stated that they never use it;
- 7% stated that they were not aware of it;
- 6% stated that they use it less than once a month
- 5% stated that they use it at least once a month (but not every week)
- 4% stated that they use it at least once a week (but not every day)
- 1% stated that they use it every day or almost every day
Socio-demographics’ characterisation revealed that internet users who at least once have used mHealth are more likely to be male; 16-24; students; living in a densely-populated area; reported good health status and not suffering a chronic condition. Therefore, it looks like we are talking mainly about health prevention and promotion opportunities; wellness and healthy life styles. I’m now analysing the data following the conceptual framework to better understand mHealth users and empowerment; trigger; barriers; impact… Comments are always welcome!