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Examining Protection Motivation and Network Externality Perspective Regarding the Continued Intention to Use M-Health Apps

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College of Business and Tourism Management, Yunnan University, Kunming 650091, China
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Business School, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, Kunming 650221, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(11), 5684; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18115684
Received: 6 April 2021 / Revised: 6 May 2021 / Accepted: 21 May 2021 / Published: 26 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Better Health Services and Preventive Interventions: eHealth)
M-health apps have developed rapidly and are widely accepted, but users’ continued intention to use m-health apps has not been fully explored. This study was designed to obtain a better understanding of users’ continued intention to use m-health apps. We developed a theoretical model by incorporating the protection motivation theory and network externalities and conducted an empirical study of a 368-respondent sample. The results showed that: (1) perceived vulnerability has a direct impact on users’ self-efficacy and response efficacy; (2) self-efficacy and response efficacy have a direct impact on users’ attitudes and continued intention; (3) network externalities affect users’ attitudes and continued intention, among which direct network externalities have an indirect impact on users’ continued intention through attitude; and (4) the impacts of self-efficacy, response efficacy, and indirect network externalities on continued intention are partially meditated by attitudes. View Full-Text
Keywords: m-health apps; protection motivation theory; network externality; continued intention; perceived vulnerability; self-efficacy; response efficacy m-health apps; protection motivation theory; network externality; continued intention; perceived vulnerability; self-efficacy; response efficacy
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Luo, Y.; Wang, G.; Li, Y.; Ye, Q. Examining Protection Motivation and Network Externality Perspective Regarding the Continued Intention to Use M-Health Apps. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 5684. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18115684

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Luo Y, Wang G, Li Y, Ye Q. Examining Protection Motivation and Network Externality Perspective Regarding the Continued Intention to Use M-Health Apps. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(11):5684. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18115684

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Luo, Yumei, Guiping Wang, Yuwei Li, and Qiongwei Ye. 2021. "Examining Protection Motivation and Network Externality Perspective Regarding the Continued Intention to Use M-Health Apps" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 11: 5684. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18115684

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