Impact of patient portal behavioral engagement on subsistence consumers' wellbeing

Published on Sep 12, 2020in International Journal of Research in Marketing
· DOI :10.1016/J.IJRESMAR.2020.09.003
Husain Salilul Akareem2
Estimated H-index: 2
(North South University),
Ahmed Shahriar Ferdous11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Deakin University),
Mikala Todd1
Estimated H-index: 1
Abstract Subsistence consumers, representing almost half the global population, live on low incomes, possess low levels of literacy, and generally experience poor health. Technology is a tool used to facilitate stronger connections between consumers and support services, including for subsistence consumers. Given the unique characterization of subsistence marketplaces, research needs to examine potential associations between subsistence consumers' individual resource integration and wellbeing via their behavioral engagement with technologies. Research is also warranted that investigates the factors that can moderate this association. A 45-day customized patient portal app was delivered via 26 healthcare service providers, resulting in the surveying of 336 subsistence consumers who used the portal. The results indicate positive associations between subsistence consumers' individual resource integration, patient portal behavioral engagement, and wellbeing. They also indicate that these associations are strengthened by service provider's resource support and subjective norms, and weakened by medical mistrust. Theoretical and managerial implications from this study's findings are discussed.
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