Advancing health-related abilities and behaviors via health apps: a large-scale survey from self-regulation perspective

Shaoxiong Fu, Jie Fang, Zhao Cai, Eric Tze Kuan Lim, Chee Wee Tan, Haiping Yang

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Purpose: Motivated by the need for research on the relationship between health app usage and health-related outcomes in the form of health status and life satisfaction, this study builds on self-regulation theory to construct a research model for elucidating how health app quality affects health information literacy, health app usage and physical activity. Design/methodology/approach: To empirically validate the proposed research model, a large-scale questionnaire survey on health app usage was administered on a sample of 6,948 respondents recruited from a university in China. Structural equation modeling was employed for data analysis. Findings: Empirical findings demonstrate that health app quality positively affects self-regulation with respect to health app usage, health information literacy and physical activity. Taken together, these self-regulated behaviors drive health-related outcomes for health status and life satisfaction. Originality/value: This study advances extant literature on health app usage through the application of self-regulation theory to investigate the effects of technological interventions in healthcare. Findings offer practical implications for how health apps can be leveraged to realize positive health-related outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1097-1130
Number of pages34
JournalInternet Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2022


  • Application quality
  • Health application
  • Health information literacy
  • Health status
  • Life satisfaction
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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