Are Older Adults Ready for Wireless Physical Activity Tracking Devices? A Usability Quality Improvement Project
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Background: Physical activity tracking devices (PA-TDs) are becoming increasingly popular but their use among older adults is unknown. Objectives: We present results of a quality improvement project on wearable physical activity tracking devices (PA-TDs) examining the acceptability of PA-TDs to remotely monitor activity. Methods: 30 of 63 participating Veterans, ages 65-91 had a smart phone; 7 compared 4 PA-TDs for 2-7 days. One in-person session was needed to introduce each device. Results: Average daily step counts were low for this group, ranging from 800-5,000 steps. Monitored activity revealed patterns of increased activity, from 4682 to 6159 steps, when using the device. Conclusions: Barriers and positive aspects to widespread use of PA-TDs are highlighted and need further investigation.
DepartmentGraduate Liberal Studies
CitationTocci, Francesca (2015). Are Older Adults Ready for Wireless Physical Activity Tracking Devices? A Usability Quality Improvement Project. Master's thesis, Duke University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/10055.
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