The results of an iterative evaluation process of an mhealth application for rewarding healthy behaviour among older adults

Stephanie Jansen-Kosterink*, Roos Bulthuis, Silke ter Stal, Lex van Velsen, Aristodemos Pnevmatikakis, Sofoklis Kyriazakos, Andrew Pomazanskyi, Harm op den Akker

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Abstract

It is a challenge to find effective ways for supporting older adults to increase their levels of physical activity and develop habitual physical activity behaviours. Within the GOAL project, an mHealth intervention to motivate older adults to be active was developed, by blending the iterative design and the evaluation activities. The aim of this paper is to present the results of the iterative evaluation process of this mHealth intervention. Evaluation end-points were usability, user experience and potential effect. In total, four cycles of evaluation and redesign of GOAL were conducted in order to create value-adding technology, and demonstrate its impact. Each cycle contained test-weeks, weeks for data analysis, and time for technical modification. In total, 28 participants (students and older adults) interacted with GOAL for a total of 476 days and provided their feedback. During the process, various usability issues were solved to improve GOAL. The users rated the usability of GOAL as acceptable. Older adults were positive about the idea to encourage a healthy lifestyle by using GOAL. During the final evaluation cycle, GOAL encouraged older adults to be more active and motivated them to reach their daily goal.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health - 5th International Conference, ICT4AWE 2019, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsMartina Ziefle, Leszek A. Maciaszek, Leszek A. Maciaszek
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Pages62-78
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783030526764
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, ICT4AWE 2019 - Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 2 May 20194 May 2019
Conference number: 5
http://www.ict4ageingwell.org/EHA.aspx?y=2019

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1219 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, ICT4AWE 2019
Abbreviated titleICT4AWE 2019
CountryGreece
CityHeraklion
Period2/05/194/05/19
Internet address

Keywords

  • eHealth
  • Evaluation
  • Games
  • Iterative design
  • mHealth
  • Older adults
  • Rewards
  • Usability testing

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