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Failing to encourage physical activity with wearable technology: what next?

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>18/09/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
Issue number9
Volume111
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)310-313
Publication statusPublished
Early online date23/07/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Wearable devices and associated systems that provide real-time feedback aim to encourage healthy behaviours. However, while the research base has grown considerably, results continue to paint a mixed picture when demonstrating wearables’ ability to increase levels of physical activity. Given these recent developments, this commentary explores the key reasons why wearable devices and other mobile technologies often fail to change behaviour. We also provide several suggestions that could feed into future research designs and maximise the success of subsequent interventions. These recommendations aim to stimulate interdisciplinary discussions by encouraging clinicians and researchers to consider how these technological advances can be effectively leveraged, and become a core component of preventative medicine in the 21st century.

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 111 (9), 2018, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2018 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine page: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/jrs on SAGE Journals Online: http://journals.sagepub.com/