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Title: Feasibility and acceptability of remotely monitored pedometer-guided physical activity.
Authors: Darvall JN
Parker A
Story DA
ANZCA/FPM Author: Darvall, JN
Story, DA
Keywords: Actigraphy
Exercise
Health promotion
Telemedicine
Citation: 44(4):501-6
Abstract: Nearly 70% of the Australian adult population are either sedentary, or have low levels of physical activity. There has been interest in addressing this problem by the 'mHealth', or mobile Health, arena, which is concerned with the confluence of mobile technology and health promotion. The newer generation of activity pedometers has the ability to automatically upload information, to enable aggregation and meta-data analysis of individual patient data. We conducted a ten-week pilot trial of the Fitbit ZipĀ® pedometer using a validated tool in ten volunteers, finding it highly acceptable to both participants and investigators. Data synching was ranked as 'very easy' or 'easy' by all participants, and investigators could successfully monitor activity levels remotely. Median (interquartile range) daily step counts of participants over the ten-week trial ranged from 5471 (4591-7026) to 18779 (15031-21505) steps. Sedentary time over the study period ranged from 1.4% to 33.3% of study days. Percentage of days reaching the target activity level of >10,000 steps/day varied markedly between participants from 4.5% to 95.7%. This study demonstrates the feasibility and acceptability of a remotely monitored pedometer-guided physical activity intervention. This technology may be useful to encourage increased exercise as a form of 'prehabilitation' of adequately screened at-risk surgical or obstetric patients.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11055/943
DOI: 10.1177/0310057X1604400415
PubMed URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27456182
Journal Title: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Type: Journal Article
Affiliates: Royal Melbourne Hospital
University of Melbourne
Study/Trial: Case Control Studies
Appears in Collections:Scholarly and Clinical

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