Mobile health applications (mHealth apps) can provide effective self-management instruments for patients and offer advanced approaches to treatment. However, little is known about how the older population perceives the opportunity of using mHealth apps as a non-drug intervention. We aimed to identify the opinions and experiences of older people in Australia and gain new insights into their engagement with this modern approach to health treatment. We conducted a qualitative study with 21 Participants to explore users’ perspectives on adopting and using mHealth apps and their awareness of the social factors influencing their uptake. The results show that a trusting doctor-patient relationship positively affects older adults’ perceptions of mHealth apps. Consequently, the social influence of the General Practitioner (GP) plays a crucial role in the use of mHealth apps, while the social influence through family and friends seems to be less critical.
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