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Experiences of mobile health in promoting physical activity: a qualitative systematic review and meta-ethnography

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dc.contributor.author Carter, Daniel D.
dc.contributor.author Robinson, Katie
dc.contributor.author Forbes, John F.
dc.contributor.author Hayes, Sara
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-04T09:33:26Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-04T09:33:26Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/7447
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Objective Despite evidence supporting physical activity in primary and secondary prevention, many individuals do not meet recommended levels. Mobile health is a field with a growing evidence base and is proposed as a convenient method for delivering health interventions. Despite qualitative exploration of stakeholder perspectives, there is a lack of synthesis to inform evidence-based design. This study aims to resolve this by identifying and synthesising qualitative research on the experience of using mobile health applications to promote physical activity. Method A systematic review focused on qualitative research, mobile health and physical activity was conducted in October 2017 using CINAHL, ERIC, EMBASE, MEDLINE and PsycINFO databases. The protocol was registered with the Prospero database (Registration: CRD4201808 0610). Results were synthesised as a meta-ethnography. Results Fifteen studies were included, covering a variety of populations, including people with diabetes, obesity, and serious mental illness. Five themes emerged: (a) personal factors and the experience of using mobile health, (b) mobile health and changes in thinking that support physical activity, (c) the experience of mobile health features, including prompts, goal setting and gamification, (d) the experience of personalised mobile health and physical activity, (e) technical and user issues in mobile health and their effect on experience. Conclusion Personal factors and features of the device influenced the experience of using mobile health to support physical activity. The two mechanisms through which mobile health use facilitated physical activity were strengthening of motivation and changes in self-awareness and strategising. Experiences were not entirely unproblematic as technical issues and adverse effects related to self-monitoring were noted. This synthesis provides insight into the experience of mobile health and is useful for researchers and healthcare practitioners interested in designing user-informed mobile health interventions for promoting physical activity. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Public Library of Science en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries PLoS ONE: 13(12): e0208759
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0208759
dc.subject mobile health en_US
dc.subject physical activity en_US
dc.title Experiences of mobile health in promoting physical activity: a qualitative systematic review and meta-ethnography en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0208759
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2894135


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