Midwives' cell phone use and health knowledge in rural communities
Date of Issue2011
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
This study developed and tested a theoretical model that explains the underlying process through which the use of mobile phones can facilitate the capacity of community healthcare workers (CHWs) in developing regions. Based on a study conducted on 223 midwives in rural regions of Indonesia, the results showed that mobile phone use was positively associated with midwives’ access to institutional and peer resources. Access to institutional resources was associated with midwives’ health knowledge. Further, access to peer resources was associated with higher self-efficacy beliefs, which was positively associated with health knowledge. The study provides implications for information and communication technology (ICT) intervention strategies targeted to community health workers in rural communities.
Journal of health communication
© 2011 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Journal of Health Communication, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2011.571344].