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Patient Involvement With Home-Based Exercise Programs: Can Connected Health Interventions Influence Adherence?

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Publication Type: 
Refereed Original Article
Abstract: 
Adherence to home exercise in rehabilitation is a significant problem, with estimates of nonadherence as high as 50%, potentially having a detrimental effect on clinical outcomes. In this viewpoint, we discuss the many reasons why patients may not adhere to a prescribed exercise program and explore how connected health technologies have the ability to offer numerous interventions to enhance adherence; however, it is hard to judge the efficacy of these interventions without a robust measurement tool. We highlight how well-designed connected health technologies, such as the use of mobile devices, including mobile phones and tablets, as well as inertial measurement units, provide us with the opportunity to better support the patient and clinician, with a data-driven approach that incorporates features designed to increase adherence to exercise such as coaching, self-monitoring and education, as well as remotely monitor adherence rates more objectively.
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): 
10.2196/mhealth.8518
Publication Status: 
Published
Publication Date: 
01/03/2018
Journal: 
Journal of Medical Internet Research
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Institution: 
National University of Ireland, Dublin (UCD)
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