Mobile health: Barriers to mobile phone use in the aging population. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics


Due to the advancements in electronic communication and information technology, many different ways to maintain and access one’s health information have been developed. One of the ways that individuals are able to maintain and improve their health is through mobile or wireless devices, or more specifically through the use of mobile phones. This popular technology, called mHealth or mobile health, can be used by healthcare providers to empower, assist, and educate their patients on ways to access health information and improve their health. One growing population that may have difficulty adapting to this new way of accessing their health information is the elderly population. This integrative review discusses the common physical barriers, acceptance barriers, and technology barriers found throughout the literature that can affect mobile phone use for health purposes within the aging population.

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Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI)