Table 3

Participation in mobile health (mHealth) research (N=16)

N (%)
Would you be willing to participate in a research study that tested and/or had the following components?*
 Intervention components
  Health education sent to your personal email15 (93.8)
  Health education text messages12 (75.0)
  Interacting with peers or a community group online10 (62.5)
  Interacting with peers or a community group in-person8 (50.0)
  Health education notifications6 (37.5)
  Comparing health data (ie, average steps per day, health goals) between friends or family7 (43.8)
  Comparing health data (ie, average steps per day, health goals) between strangers6 (37.5)
 Intervention platforms
  Smart watches or wristband monitors10 (62.5)
  Online support or counselling with a health professional10 (62.5)
  Websites to log data8 (50.0)
  Smartphone/tablet apps7 (43.8)
What would motivate you to participate in a research study using mobile technology (ie, smartphone, tablet, etc)?*
 Interest in topic13 (81.3)
 To become more educated about a topic13 (81.3)
 Positive impact on life10 (62.5)
 Research helping minority groups9 (56.3)
 Contribute to the greater good8 (50.0)
 Encouraged by friends or family7 (43.8)
 Presence of ethnic/racial minority or female on the research team6 (37.5)
 Managing disease/condition/illness6 (37.5)
 Financial incentive5 (31.3)
 To gain technical or computer skills4 (25.0)
 Referral from a doctor/health professional4 (25.0)
 Diagnosis with disease/condition/illness4 (25.0)
 Free medication check-up3 (19.8)
 Free cell phone and/or data plan2 (12.5)
What would keep you from participating in a research study using mobile technology (ie, smartphone, tablet, etc)?*
 No interest in research4 (25.0)
 No interest in topic4 (25.0)
 Concerns about privacy4 (25.0)
 Too busy3 (18.8)
 Mistrust of researchers3 (18.8)
 Research has no value2 (12.5)
 Does not target ethnic/racial minorities or women2 (12.5)
 No ethnic/racial minorities or women on the research team2 (12.5)
 No financial incentives1 (6.3)
 No computer or smartphone1 (6.3)
 No reliable internet access1 (6.3)
 Concerns about data plan0
 None of the above6 (37.5)
  • For ‘Select All that Apply’ questions, total may exceed 16 as answer choices are not mutually exclusive.