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Usability test of the ActivityCoach to promote active ageing in daily life : assessing the needs and wishes of older adults

Melenk, J. (2016) Usability test of the ActivityCoach to promote active ageing in daily life : assessing the needs and wishes of older adults.

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Abstract:Background: Mobile technologies facilitate innovative interventions to promote active ageing in daily life. To ensure adoption, such interventions must be designed in cooperation with the intended end users. This work presents the first usability test of the new version of the ActivityCoach, a smartphone application that monitors physical activity, well-being and weight. Methods: Eleven adults aged 65 years and above used a smartphone, a step counter and a SmartScale for a period of four weeks. Afterwards, an interview was performed to assess the participants’ subjective experience regarding the use of the system. The actual behavior was compared to the self-perception of physical activity. Results: In general, participants were satisfied and would like to use such system in their daily lives. Five participants had an accurate perception of their level of activity. Four participants became more active during the period in which they used the technology. Participants recommended incorporation of tips and warnings tailored to personal needs and capabilities. Conclusion: Older adults are willing to use the ActivityCoach to monitor their health and to coach them into healthier lifestyle. Mobile application must be tailored to the individual needs and wishes, instead of taking a one-size-fits-all approach.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70732
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