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Devices for self-monitoring sedentary time or physical activity: a scoping review.

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posted on 31.05.2016, 08:48 by James Sanders, Adam Loveday, Natalie Pearson, Charlotte L. Edwardson, Thomas E. Yates, Stuart J.H. Biddle, Dale Esliger
It is well documented that meeting the guideline levels (150 minutes per week) of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (PA) is protective against chronic disease. Conversely, emerging evidence indicates the deleterious effects of prolonged sitting. Therefore, there is a need to change both behaviors. Self-monitoring of behavior is one of the most robust behavior-change techniques available. The growing number of technologies in the consumer electronics sector provides a unique opportunity for individuals to self-monitor their behavior.The aim of this study is to review the characteristics and measurement properties of currently available self-monitoring devices for sedentary time and/or PA.To identify technologies, four scientific databases were systematically searched using key terms related to behavior, measurement, and population. Articles published through October 2015 were identified. To identify technologies from the consumer electronic sector, systematic searches of three Internet search engines were also performed through to October 1, 2015.The initial database searches identified 46 devices and the Internet search engines identified 100 devices yielding a total of 146 technologies. Of these, 64 were further removed because they were currently unavailable for purchase or there was no evidence that they were designed for, had been used in, or could readily be modified for self-monitoring purposes. The remaining 82 technologies were included in this review (73 devices self-monitored PA, 9 devices self-monitored sedentary time). Of the 82 devices included, this review identified no published articles in which these devices were used for the purpose of self-monitoring PA and/or sedentary behavior; however, a number of technologies were found via Internet searches that matched the criteria for self-monitoring and provided immediate feedback on PA (ActiGraph Link, Microsoft Band, and Garmin Vivofit) and sedentary time (activPAL VT, the Lumo Back, and Darma).There are a large number of devices that self-monitor PA; however, there is a greater need for the development of tools to self-monitor sedentary time. The novelty of these devices means they have yet to be used in behavior change interventions, although the growing field of wearable technology may facilitate this to change.


This work was supported in part by a Medical Research Council grant in LLHW Promoting Physical Activity in Older Age 2012 (MRC Reference: MR/K025090/1). This work was additionally supported by an EPSRC Small Equipment Grant titled: Upgrading the Small Equipment base for Early Career Researchers in the Engineering and Physical Sciences (EP/K03118X/1).



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SANDERS, J.P. ... et al, 2016. Devices for self-monitoring sedentary time or physical activity: a scoping review. Journal of Medical Internet research, 18 (5), e90.


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