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Mobile Diary for Wellness Management—Results on Usage and Usability in Two User Studies

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11 Author(s)
Mattila, E. ; VTT Tech. Res. Centre of Finland, Tampere ; Parkka, J. ; Hermersdorf, M. ; Kaasinen, J.
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The prevalence of lifestyle-related health problems is increasing rapidly. Many of the diseases and health risks could be prevented or alleviated by making changes toward healthier lifestyles. We have developed the Wellness Diary (WD), a concept for personal and mobile wellness management based on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Two implementations of the concept were made for the Symbian Series 60 (S60) mobile phone platform, and their usability, usage, and acceptance were studied in two 3-month user studies. Study I was related to weight management and study II to general wellness management. In both the studies, the concept and its implementations were well accepted and considered as easy to use and useful in wellness management. The usage rate of the WD was high and sustained at a high level throughout the study. The average number of entries made per day was 5.32 (SD = 2.59, range = 0-14) in study I, and 5.48 (SD = 2.60, range = 0-17) in study II. The results indicate that the WD is well suited for supporting CBT-based wellness management.

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Information Technology in Biomedicine, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 4 )