ONTARIO, Canada – People with COPD could be persuaded to increase their levels of physical activity through a mobile app, a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research has found.
“The findings suggest a system that supports dialogue between the user and the technology, alongside supporting the primary task to promote self-regulation of physical activity, is likely to be acceptable to people with COPD and perceived as persuasive,” said the study’s authors in an article published in the JMIR.
The study examined three prototypes for mobile apps using different persuasive technology design principles: dialogue support, primary task support and social support. Opinions of the prototypes were gathered from people with COPD, caregivers and health care professionals, and participants also ranked how likely techniques would be to convince them to use a technology designed to support physical activity.
The prototypes for mobile apps were positively received by participants and the prototype using a dialogue support approach was identified as the most likely to be used or recommended.
“Dialogue support and primary task support approaches are considered to be both acceptable and likely to be persuasive by people with COPD, caregivers and health care professionals,” the researchers said. “In the future, these approaches should be considered when designing apps to encourage physical activity by people with COPD.”