5th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Using ICT to overcome barriers to behaviour change and implement lifestyle interventions

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2011.246100,
        author={Amy Fielden},
        title={Using ICT to overcome barriers to behaviour change and implement lifestyle interventions},
        proceedings={5th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2012},
        month={4},
        keywords={obesity assistive technologies internet family diet exercise self affirmation behaviour change.},
        doi={10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2011.246100}
    }
    
  • Amy Fielden
    Year: 2012
    Using ICT to overcome barriers to behaviour change and implement lifestyle interventions
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2011.246100
Amy Fielden1,*
  • 1: Northumbria University
*Contact email: a.fielden@northumbria.ac.uk

Abstract

This paper outlines my doctoral research to date as well as describing areas for future research. The aim of my PhD is to explore the potential role that information and communication technologies (ICT) may have in motivating behaviour change relating to lifestyle behaviours. In particular the focus of my research are behaviours associated with obesity amongst those considered to be at high risk (families of low SES). Barriers to adopting healthy lifestyles will be explored and motivational techniques with strong theoretical underpinnings will be developed. ICTs will be considered and tested as means to disseminate motivational interventions. The research has a strong focus on real world applications which should be seen as highly important when focussed on addressing problems such as obesity.