Trust and elderly users' continuance intention regarding mobile health services: the contingent role of health and technology anxieties

Fanbo Meng, Xitong Guo, Zeyu Peng, Qiang Ye, Kee Hung Lai

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Abstract

Purpose: Mobile health (mHealth) services are considered an important means of relieving the problems of the aging population. The efficiency of mHealth services can be enhanced by engaging more elderly users and guaranteeing their continued use. However, limited attention has been directed toward investigating elderly users' continuance intention regarding mHealth services. The purpose of this paper is to explain elderly users' continuance intention by investigating the contingent role of technology anxiety and health anxiety on affective trust and cognitive trust. Design/methodology/approach: Survey data were collected from 232 elderly users to verify the research model and hypotheses based on structural equation modeling (SEM). Findings: This study revealed that both affective and cognitive trust enhance elderly users' continuance intention regarding their use of mHealth services. Health anxiety strengthens the effect of cognitive trust but weakens the effect of affective trust with regard to continuance intention. Furthermore, technology anxiety strengthens the effect of affective trust but not the effect of cognitive trust with regard to continuance intention. Originality/value: This study is one of the first to examine elderly users' continuance intention regarding mHealth services use from the perspective of affective and cognitive trust, thus enriching the extant literature on the use of mHealth services. Additionally, this study sheds light on the contingent effects of technology anxiety and health anxiety on affective and cognitive trust, which have been neglected by previous research.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInformation Technology and People
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Affective trust
  • Cognitive trust
  • Elderly users
  • Health anxiety
  • Mobile health services
  • Technology anxiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences

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