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Acceptable, useful, and ineffective? Recent retirees’ experiences of a 12-month activity tracker-based physical activity intervention

Julkaisun tekijätTuominen Miika, Koski Pasi, Axelin Anna, Stenholm Sari, Leskinen Tuija



JournalDigital health


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Objective: Activity trackers appear cost-effective and acceptable intervention tools for promoting physical activity among older adults, particularly in the short-term. However, long-term studies focused on participants’ experiences continue to be scarce. This study evaluated participants’ experiences of a 12-month activity tracker-driven physical activity intervention.

Methods: Participants’ experiences were assessed qualitatively using open-ended questionnaire items ( n = 113) and semi-structured interviews conducted after the 12-month intervention ( n = 27). Quantitative items assessed the perceived ease-of-use and usefulness of the activity tracker during the intervention. Qualitative data was analyzed using thematic analysis and Wilcoxon signed-rank tests were used to examine changes in the perceived ease-of-use and usefulness over time.

Results: The 113 participants completing the 12-month intervention were on average 65.2 ( SD 1.0) years old and 81.4% women with 92.3% providing activity tracker data on at least 2 weeks per each intervention month. In the qualitative analysis, four main themes with 20 subthemes were identified: (a) burdens of participation, (b) affective attitudes of using the activity tracker, (c) perceived effects of using the activity tracker, and (d) no perceived behavioral effects. At 12 months, the participants found activity trackers mainly easy to use (mean 4.6, SD 0.6), reliable (mean 3.6, SD 1.2), motivating (mean 3.9, SD 1.0), and helpful in reducing sitting (mean 3.7, SD 1.0) with no changes observed during the intervention.

Conclusions: The participants’ experiences were highly varied suggesting that tailored intervention designs are likely to be required for effectively using activity trackers to promote long-term changes in daily activity among older adults.

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