Apps and wearables for monitoring physical activity and sedentary behaviour: a qualitative systematic review protocol on barriers and facilitators

Laura Joanne Wilde, Gillian Ward, Louise Sewell, Andre M Müller, Petra A Wark

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Abstract

Objective: Monitoring of physical activity and sedentary behaviours by mobile phone applications (apps) and wearable technology (wearables) may improve these health behaviours. This systematic review aims to synthesise the qualitative literature on the barriers and facilitators of using apps and wearables for monitoring physical activity and/or sedentary behaviour in adults.
Methods: This review protocol is registered in PROSPERO (CRD42017070194). Scientific databases including CINAHL Complete, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, SPORTDiscus, Cochrane Library and Scopus will be searched for relevant studies published from 1st January 2012 to the date the searches are conducted. Studies were included if they included adults who used an app or wearable for monitoring physical activity and/or sedentary behaviour; explored the
barriers and/or facilitators of using an app and/or wearable; and were published in English. Following duplicate screening of titles and abstracts, full-texts of potentially eligible papers will be screened to identify studies using qualitative approaches to explore barriers and facilitators of using apps and/or wearables for monitoring physical activity and/or sedentary behaviour. Discrepancies will be resolved through consensus or by consulting a third screener. Relevant excerpts (quotes and text) from the included papers will be extracted and
analysed thematically. The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) Qualitative Research Checklist will be used to appraise included studies.
Conclusion: The results of this work will be useful for those intending to monitor physical activity and/or sedentary behaviour using these technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalDigital Health
Volume4
Early online date16 May 2018
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 May 2018

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Keywords

  • Qualitative synthesis
  • exercise
  • sitting
  • technology
  • adults
  • experiences
  • activity tracker
  • pedometer
  • monitor
  • mHealth

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