Mobile Healthcare and People with Disabilities: Current State and Future Needs.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Significant health disparities exist between the general population and people with disabilities, particularly with respect to chronic health conditions. Mobile healthcare-the delivery of healthcare via mobile communication devices-is witnessing tremendous growth and has been touted as an important new approach for management of chronic health conditions. At present, little is known about the current state of mobile healthcare for people with disabilities. Early evidence suggests they are not well represented in the growth of mobile healthcare, and particularly the proliferation of mobile health software applications (mHealth apps) for smartphones. Their omission in mHealth could lead to further health disparities. This article describes our research investigating the current state of mHealth apps targeting people with disabilities. Based on a multi-modal approach (literature review, Internet search, survey of disabled smartphone users), we confirm that people with disabilities are under-represented in the growth of mHealth. We identify several areas of future research and development needed to support the inclusion of people with disabilities in the mHealth revolution.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jones, M; Morris, J; Deruyter, F

Published Date

  • March 14, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 3

PubMed ID

  • 29538292

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5877060

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1660-4601

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3390/ijerph15030515


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Switzerland