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An mHealth intervention using a smartphone app to increase walking behavior in young adults: A pilot study

An mHealth intervention using a smartphone app to increase walking behavior in young adults: A pilot study
An mHealth intervention using a smartphone app to increase walking behavior in young adults: A pilot study

BACKGROUND: Physical inactivity is a growing concern for society and is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, obesity, and other chronic diseases.

OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the efficacy of the Accupedo-Pro Pedometer mobile phone app intervention, with the goal of increasing daily step counts in young adults.

METHODS: Mobile phone users (n=58) between 17-26 years of age were randomized to one of two conditions (experimental and control). Both groups downloaded an app that recorded their daily step counts. Baseline data were recorded and followed-up at 5 weeks. Both groups were given a daily walking goal of 30 minutes, but the experimental group participants were told the equivalent goal in steps taken, via feedback from the app. The primary outcome was daily step count between baseline and follow-up.

RESULTS: A significant time x group interaction effect was observed for daily step counts (P=.04). Both the experimental (P<.001) and control group (P=.03) demonstrated a significant increase in daily step counts, with the experimental group walking an additional 2000 steps per day.

CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study demonstrate that a mobile phone app can significantly increase physical activity in a young adult sample by setting specific goals, using self-monitoring, and feedback.

Journal Article
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Walsh, Jane C.
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Corbett, Teresa
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Hogan, Michael
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Duggan, Jim
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McNamara, Abra
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Walsh, Jane C.
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Corbett, Teresa
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Hogan, Michael
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Duggan, Jim
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Walsh, Jane C., Corbett, Teresa, Hogan, Michael, Duggan, Jim and McNamara, Abra (2016) An mHealth intervention using a smartphone app to increase walking behavior in young adults: A pilot study. JMIR mHealth uHealth, 4 (3), e109. (doi:10.2196/mhealth.5227).

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Physical inactivity is a growing concern for society and is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, obesity, and other chronic diseases.

OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the efficacy of the Accupedo-Pro Pedometer mobile phone app intervention, with the goal of increasing daily step counts in young adults.

METHODS: Mobile phone users (n=58) between 17-26 years of age were randomized to one of two conditions (experimental and control). Both groups downloaded an app that recorded their daily step counts. Baseline data were recorded and followed-up at 5 weeks. Both groups were given a daily walking goal of 30 minutes, but the experimental group participants were told the equivalent goal in steps taken, via feedback from the app. The primary outcome was daily step count between baseline and follow-up.

RESULTS: A significant time x group interaction effect was observed for daily step counts (P=.04). Both the experimental (P<.001) and control group (P=.03) demonstrated a significant increase in daily step counts, with the experimental group walking an additional 2000 steps per day.

CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study demonstrate that a mobile phone app can significantly increase physical activity in a young adult sample by setting specific goals, using self-monitoring, and feedback.

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Accepted/In Press date: 18 March 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 22 September 2016
Published date: 22 September 2016
Keywords: Journal Article

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Local EPrints ID: 412242
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/412242
ISSN: 2291-5222
PURE UUID: 10d10c82-985f-4b13-975a-7ccc207cb62b
ORCID for Teresa Corbett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5620-5377

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Date deposited: 14 Jul 2017 16:30
Last modified: 14 Mar 2019 01:31

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