Journal article

Environmental Hazards and Behavior Change: User Perspectives on the Usability and Effectiveness of the AirRater Smartphone App

Annabelle Workman, Penelope J Jones, Amanda J Wheeler, Sharon L Campbell, Grant J Williamson, Chris Lucani, David MJS Bowman, Nick Cooling, Fay H Johnston

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH | MDPI | Published : 2021

Abstract

AirRater is a free smartphone app developed in 2015, supporting individuals to protect their health from environmental hazards. It does this by providing (i) location-specific and near real-time air quality, pollen and temperature information and (ii) personal symptom tracking functionality. This research sought to evaluate user perceptions of AirRater's usability and effectiveness. We collected demographic data and completed semi-structured interviews with 42 AirRater users, identified emergent themes, and used two frameworks designed to understand and support behavior change-the Behavior Change Wheel (BCW) and the Protective Action Decision Model (PADM)-to interpret results. Of the 42 part..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Menzies Philanthropic Fund. AirRater is currently funded by the Department of Health Tasmania, ACT Health, NT Health and the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, with previous funding by NT EPA. AirRater collaborators include EPA Tasmania, CSIRO, Australian National University, Charles Darwin University, Tasmania Fire Service, Bureau of Meteorology and Asthma Australia.