What is it about?

The study found that when doctors give their patients some information about engaging in physical activity to promote a healthy lifestyle, the patient is 2 1/2 times more likely to be knowledgeable about using smartphones for wellness and 3 times more likely to use mobile health apps to engage in preventive care behaviors (calorie counting, step counting and stress management).

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Why is it important?

The finding is important because limited support for physical activity engagement can lead to sustained engagement in healthy behaviors outside the clinic setting and this can help to improved patients' health outcome and reduced health care costs in the long run.


This is an important finding because the patients in this study were low-income individuals who were accessing services at community health centers. Low-resourced communities face tough challenges when it comes to being diagnosed with chronic diseases. Low income communities also rely on their smartphones. If we can find a way to encourage engagement in preventive care, we can make a real difference in overall health outcomes for a population adversely affected by poor health results.

sharon laing
University of Washington Tacoma

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This page is a summary of: Physical Activity Support Predicts Safety-Net Patients’ Digital Health-Care Engagement: Implications for Patient Care Delivery, American Journal of Health Promotion, December 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0890117119894508.
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