Willingness, perceived barriers and motivators in adopting mobile applications for health-related interventions among older adults: a scoping review

Nurul Asilah Ahmad, Arimi Fitri Mat Ludin, Suzana Shahar, Shahrul Azman Mohd Noah, Noorlaili Mohd Tohit
2022 BMJ Open  
ObjectivesThis scoping review aims to identify the level of willingness, the existing barriers, and motivators among older adults in using mobile applications to monitor and manage their health conditions. The secondary aim of this paper is to categorise these willingness, barriers and motivators using the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF).DesignScoping review.Data sourcePubMed, Embase, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, Google Scholar and Science Direct (January 2009–December 2020).Study
more » ... ies that describe older adults' perspectives with regard to their willingness, barriers or motivators towards the use of mobile applications in monitoring and managing their health condition were included.Data extractionTitles and abstracts were initially screened by two reviewers. Articles agreed by both reviewers were proceeded to full-text screening. One reviewer extracted the data, which were verified by a second reviewer. Findings were further classified according to the 14 TDF domains by two researchers.ResultsSix studies were included in the final scoping review. Barriers to adopting mobile applications for health-related interventions among older adults were the most common topic identified in the included studies. Barriers included being unaware of the existence of mobile health applications, lack of technological skills, lack of perceived ability and time, absence of professional involvements, and violation of trust and privacy. With regard to willingness, older adults are willing to use mobile applications if the apps incorporated features from a trusted source and have valid credentials. Motivators included continuous improvements of mobile applications' design interface and personalised features tailored to older adults' needs.ConclusionsWith the constant research for more diversified technology, the development of mobile applications to help older adults to manage and monitor health is seen as feasible, but barriers have to be addressed. The most prominent barriers linked to TDF domains were: (1) technological skills, (2) belief about consequences, and (3) memory, attention and decision process. Future interventions should use behaviour change techniques that target these three TDF domains in order to improve the ability to engage older adults with mobile technology.
doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2021-054561 pmid:35264349 pmcid:PMC8915330 fatcat:mim2756jwzaf3mdtjn34hmagia