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A mobile internet service for self-management of physical activity in people with rheumatoid arthritis:: Evaluation of a test version
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2016 (English)In: RMD Open, ISSN 0035-3965, E-ISSN 2393-5154, Vol. 2, no 1, e000214Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives Life-long adherence to health-enhancing physical activity (PA) is a major challenge for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Our aim was to evaluate the utilisation of and experiences with a RA-specific, mobile internet PA support service, ‘tRAppen’, developed through a co-design process.

Methods 28 participants with RA formed 3 web communities and tested tRAppen for 6 weeks. A mixed-method design was used to combine different types of data. Log data and questionnaire data were analysed quantitatively, while data from telephone interviews were analysed with a directed content analysis.

Results 25 of the 28 participants used tRAppen. Log data indicated that a majority of them registered their PA, sent likes and posted comments to peers, set personal goals and made exercise plans. tRAppen was rated as easy and fun to use, and fairly informative and supportive for PA, and was highly recommended for people with RA. The interview analysis resulted in the following 6 categories describing the utilisation of and experiences with tRAppen: (1) experiences in general, (2) feasibility of features, (3) value as support for PA, (4) enjoyment, (5) ideas for improvements and (6) additional factors.

Conclusions tRAppen is the first co-designed mobile internet service developed specifically for the self-management of PA in people with RA. The results are promising and indicate that tRAppen may be useful for supporting a physically active lifestyle in a subpopulation at certain risk of poor health. It will now be revised, launched and continuously updated in an iterative process involving its future users.

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2016. Vol. 2, no 1, e000214
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-281464DOI: 10.1136/rmdopen-2015-000214OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-281464DiVA: diva2:914462
Available from: 2016-03-24 Created: 2016-03-24 Last updated: 2017-05-04Bibliographically approved

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