An mHealth intervention using a smartphone app to increase walking behavior in young adults: a pilot study.
Walsh, Jane C.
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Walsh JC;Corbett T;Hogan M;Duggan J;McNamara A; (2016) 'An mHealth intervention using a smartphone app to increase walking behavior in young adults: a pilot study'. JMIR mHealth And uHealth, 4 (3).
Physical inactivity is a growing concern for society and is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, obesity, and other chronic diseases. This study aimed to determine the efficacy of the Accupedo-Pro Pedometer mobile phone app intervention, with the goal of increasing daily step counts in young adults. Mobile phone users (n=58) between 17-26 years of age were randomized to one of two conditions (experimental and control). Both groups downloaded an app that recorded their daily step counts. Baseline data were recorded and followed-up at 5 weeks. Both groups were given a daily walking goal of 30 minutes, but the experimental group participants were told the equivalent goal in steps taken, via feedback from the app. The primary outcome was daily step count between baseline and follow-up. A significant time x group interaction effect was observed for daily step counts (P=.04). Both the experimental (P