Social Acceptance of Mobile Health Technologies Among the Young Population in Nigeria

  •  Olugbenga Akiogbe    
  •  Hanlin Feng    
  •  Karin Kurata    
  •  Itsuki Kageyama    
  •  Kota Kodama    


Mobile devices are widely used in modernizing healthcare delivery because of their unique features related to accessibility, virtual interaction, and connectivity. While developing countries, with limited resources, strive to achieve high healthcare standards, and mobile health (mHealth) solutions could transform healthcare delivery systems in these countries, their functionality is currently limited. This study investigates the potential systematic introduction of mHealth services and their social acceptability in developing countries, with a particular focus on Nigeria. This cross-sectional study was conducted with a sample of university students. Structural equation modeling was used to test the study hypotheses, and descriptive statistics were used to analyze the sociodemographic characteristics of the participants. Psychological and personal characteristics, environmental characteristics, and conditions of use associated with mHealth technology adoption were examined based on eight constructs (health consciousness, trust, social influence, perceived risk, performance expectancy, facilitating conditions, effort expectancy, and behavioral intention). The results indicate that trust and performance expectancy are significant predictors of mHealth acceptance in the surveyed population. The future acceptance of mHealth among young people in developing countries holds great significance for improving healthcare delivery, addressing the unique challenges faced by developing countries, and leveraging the preferences of young individuals, which could contribute to the advancement of mHealth solutions and enhance healthcare accessibility. The findings shed light on the acceptance of mHealth technologies among the young populations of developing countries, with implications for future efforts to improve healthcare delivery and address the healthcare challenges of these countries.

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