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The Quantified Woman: Exploring Perceptions on Health App Use among Austrian Females of Reproductive Age

Department of Environmental Health, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, 1090 Vienna, Austria
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Reprod. Med. 2020, 1(2), 132-141; https://doi.org/10.3390/reprodmed1020010
Received: 7 July 2020 / Revised: 7 August 2020 / Accepted: 4 September 2020 / Published: 8 September 2020
Smartphones have become the most important commodity for today’s digitalized society. Besides direct interpersonal communication, their most used features are third-party applications (apps). Apps for monitoring health parameters (health apps) are extremely popular, and their users are part of the Quantified Self movement. Little knowledge is available on how health apps are perceived by a female target audience, the Quantified Woman. We conducted a study among Austrian females of reproductive age (n = 150) to analyze prevalence, perceived benefits, and readiness for health app use. In the cross-sectional online German survey, nearly all participants used these apps (98.0%), predominantly for monitoring physical activity and female health (both 31.3%). For the latter, participants used a large variety of different apps for monitoring contraception and menstruation. Perceived benefits and readiness of health app use were only of medium range. Our study assessed aspects of health app use in an understudied segment of the general population. From a Public Health perspective, the Quantified Woman could be empowered by health data collection by enabling her to take active control over how her health graphs develop. We suggest assuring data security and privacy for sensitive female health data collected by health apps. View Full-Text
Keywords: female health; online survey; principal components analysis; telecare female health; online survey; principal components analysis; telecare
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Haluza, D.; Böhm, I. The Quantified Woman: Exploring Perceptions on Health App Use among Austrian Females of Reproductive Age. Reprod. Med. 2020, 1, 132-141. https://doi.org/10.3390/reprodmed1020010

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Haluza D, Böhm I. The Quantified Woman: Exploring Perceptions on Health App Use among Austrian Females of Reproductive Age. Reproductive Medicine. 2020; 1(2):132-141. https://doi.org/10.3390/reprodmed1020010

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Haluza, Daniela; Böhm, Isabella. 2020. "The Quantified Woman: Exploring Perceptions on Health App Use among Austrian Females of Reproductive Age" Reprod. Med. 1, no. 2: 132-141. https://doi.org/10.3390/reprodmed1020010

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