Rethinking consent in mHealth: (A) moment to process

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The field of mobile health promises a transformation of the healthcare industry, by providing health-related information and services directly to individuals, through digital mobile devices. This presents society with new platforms for persuasive systems for healthy behavior change. Before such systems’ full potential can be utilized, however, the question of how to consent to their use needs to be addressed. In this paper, I argue that one-off all-encompassing consent moments at the start of use of persuasive mobile health services do not suffice, given the functions they present, and the context in which they are used. Persuasive mobile health services are not only data-intensive, they are also designed to influence the user’s behavior and health. Informed consent should be temporally distributed, in order to improve the quality of the user’s autonomous authorization, that this context requires.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAging between Participation and Simulation
Subtitle of host publicationEthical Dimensions of Socially Assistive Technologies in Elderly Care
EditorsJoschka Haltaufderheide, Johanna Hovemann, Jochen Vollmann
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-11-067748-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-11-067740-9
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2020


  • Informed Consent
  • Ethics of Technology
  • Behavior Change
  • Mobile Health


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