Compatibility Factor of Mobile Health Applications Usage among Obese People: The Case of Kedah, Malaysia

Khairul Nazlin Kamaruzaman, Amily Fikry, Zuhal Hussein

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A large-scale research has studied, the effects on mobile health application local and internationally to encourage people to have healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, the number of individual with obesity gradually increase especially in Malaysia. Therefore, this study has to be conducted. This qualitative study explored the behavioural intention to use mobile health applications in the concept of compatibility among obese people. In addition, this paper presents an exploration of what drives the usage intention to use mobile health applications, their ideas and thoughts on compatibility and suggestion for future improvement of mobile health applications. Data were collected personally from 19 interviewees. Transcripts were analysed using the advanced analysis tools software for qualitative research NVivo11 to code the variable. This study was found that majority of interviewees discussed the compatibility of mobile health applications and showed their intention to use this technology. Some implication of findings was obese people positively motivated themselves to manage their weight and improve their lifestyle.


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Qualitative study, mobile health application, perceived compatibility, obesity, Malaysia

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