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Juga, J., Juntunen, J. and Koivumäki, T. (2021), "Willingness to share personal health information: impact of attitudes, trust and control", Records Management Journal, Vol. 31 No. 1, pp. 48-59.

Willingness to share personal health information : impact of attitudes, trust and control

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Author: Juga, Jari1; Juntunen, Jouni1; Koivumäki, Timo2
Organizations: 1Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Martti Ahtisaari Institute, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Emerald, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-05-21


Purpose: This study aims to explicate the behavioral factors that determine willingness to share personal health data for secondary uses.

Design/methodology/approach: A theoretical model is developed and tested with structural equation modeling using survey data from Finland.

Findings: It is shown that attitude toward information sharing is the strongest factor contributing to the willingness to share personal health information (PHI). Trust and control serve as mediating factors between the attitude and willingness to share PHI.

Research limitations/implications: The measures of the model need further refinement to cover the various aspects of the behavioral concepts.

Practical implications: The model provides useful insights into the factors that affect the willingness for information sharing in health care and in other areas where personal information is distributed.

Social implications: Sharing of PHI for secondary purposes can offer social benefits through improvements in health-care performance.

Originality/value: A broad-scale empirical data gives a unique view of attitudes toward sharing of PHI in one national setting.

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Series: Records management journal
ISSN: 0956-5698
ISSN-E: 1758-7689
ISSN-L: 0956-5698
Volume: 31
Issue: 1
Pages: 48 - 59
DOI: 10.1108/RMJ-02-2020-0005
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
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