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Older adults’ experiences with mHealth for fall prevention exercise: usabilityand promotion of behavior change strategies
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences. (Forskning om funktionshinder och habilitering, Research in Disability and Habilitation)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4439-8546
2020 (English)In: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, ISSN 0959-3985, E-ISSN 1532-5040Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: With the rapidly growing aging population, older adults need to stay healthy andactive for a longer time. Mobile health (mHealth) solutions could help support, prevent, or delayfunctional decline and falls in old age.Purpose: The aim was to explore older persons’ experiences of a mobile application for fallprevention exercise, and to identify what possible behavior change techniques to include in thefurther development of the application.Methods: Two focus groups were conducted with 12 older adults (seven women and five men) 70to 83 years of age. A qualitative content analysis was performed.Results: Two main results emerged: 1) external facilitators for using the application; and 2)internal facilitators for using the application and perceived gains, in addition 10 behavior changetechniques were identified.Conclusion: With support, an application could be adapted for older adults to manage, motivate,and adhere to fall prevention exercise. To achieve long-term adherence to health behaviorchanges, behavior change strategies and techniques are recommended to be included in furtherdevelopment of the fallprevention application.

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Active aging; application; behavior; exercise
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-404420DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2020.1712753OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-404420DiVA, id: diva2:1394546
Available from: 2020-02-19 Created: 2020-02-19 Last updated: 2020-02-19

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