New publications and translations on mHealth, smartphone use and ageing

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We would like to draw your attention to the publication of two open-access eBooks which present original perspectives deriving from the Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing (ASSA) project .

The Global Smartphone: Beyond a youth technology
The book is based on simultaneous 16-months of research in 11 countries around the world. The research highlights the impact of the smartphone on the experience of mid-life (people who do not consider themselves either young or elderly) around the world and considers the implications of the use of smartphones in the field of mHealth.

We found that the key to understanding how smartphones are used for health was not the bespoke smartphone apps that are being created. It was the creativity of ordinary people in adapting the apps they were already comfortable with for their own health purposes. We, therefore, developed a smart-from-below approach to research. This meant that we spent our time observing and collating evidence for how people were already adapting their smartphones for health.

The Global Smartphone is available in the following languages:
English: The Global Smartphone: Beyond a youth technology
Arabic: الهاتف الذكي العالمي: ما وراء تكنولوجيا الشباب
French: Le Smartphone Global: Au-delà d’une culture jeune
Italian: Lo Smartphone Globale: Non solo una tecnologia per giovani
Portuguese: O Smartphone Global: Uma tecnologia para além dos jovens
Spanish: El Smartphone Global: Más allá de una tecnología para jóvenes
Japanese: グローバル・スマートフォン
Chinese: Forthcoming

Learning from WhatsApp: Best Practices for Health
Drawing on the research in Sao Paulo, our open-access handbook, ‘Learning from WhatsApp: Best Practices for Health’ is specifically designed for hospitals and medical clinics. It explores how WhatsApp’s basic features can be used by the healthcare ecosystem, aiding remote care and making it more efficient in terms of money and time in addition to improving the quality of life of patients.

The handbook is a collaborative piece of research aimed at sharing best practice with healthcare professionals around the world. If you are keen to trial the protocols described in the book, we are keen on hearing from you.

It is available in English and Portuguese here: Learning from WhatsApp: Best Practices for Health

We believe it is very important, where we can, to ensure the availability of our research findings to people, especially for those whose first language is not English. We would be grateful if you can spread news of these publications to any networks you are aware of. For example, those who might find them useful for teaching purposes.

Best wishes,
Alex Clegg