What is it about?

More and more people are using wearables sensors and apps to track their health and well-being. As such, researchers realised that these devices could be used to monitor physical activity and sedentary behavior to gain an understanding of these behaviors in daily life. Now, using such technologies for this purpose has become common place. Unfortunately, we know very little about what facilitates or hinders the continuous use of these devices.

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Why is it important?

Understanding facilitators and barriers to using wearables and apps is important as researchers could use such knowledge to adapt the way they use the devices to increase compliance. This will likely also generate better data. Researchers might actually need to use different technologies in different groups, and/or they might need to change the way they introduce/teach people the use of these devices. We hope our review of qualitative studies can answer a few pressing questions.


The main advantage of our approach is that we want to only include qualitative studies; studies that used interview, focus group or similar techniques. This will help us to gain an in-depth and nuanced picture on facilitators and barriers from the user's mouth.

Dr Andre Matthias Müller
National University of Singapore

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This page is a summary of: Apps and wearables for monitoring physical activity and sedentary behaviour: A qualitative systematic review protocol on barriers and facilitators, Digital Health, January 2018, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/2055207618776454.
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