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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4711

Title: Using the Internet for Life Style Changes in Diet and Physical Activity: A Feasibility Study
Authors: Anhøj, Jacob
Jensen, Anne Holm
Keywords: Original Paper
life style
self care
physician-patient relations
computer-assisted decision making
user-computer interface
Issue Date: 8-Sep-2004
Publisher: Gunther Eysenbach; Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto, Canada
Citation: Jacob Anhøj, Anne Holm Jensen. Using the Internet for Life Style Changes in Diet and Physical Activity: A Feasibility Study. J Med Internet Res 2004;6(3):e28 <URL: http://www.jmir.org/2004/3/e28/>
Abstract: [This item is a preserved copy and is not necessarily the most recent version. To view the current item, visit http://www.jmir.org/2004/3/e28/ ] Background: LinkMedica-Heart is a novel Internet based program intended to support people who seek to improve their life style by means of changes in diet and physical activity. The program is currently under evaluation in a clinical study and the present study is a feasibility test of the LinkMedica-Heart Internet based program. Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate LinkMedica-Heart, an Internet based program we designed for support and maintenance of patient-led life style changes. Methods: The feasibility study of LinkMedica-Heart presented here is a qualitative study. Nine general practitioners were invited to participate. Each practitioner was asked to introduce LinkMedica-Heart to not less than two patients, with a maximum of five patients per practitioner. Patients and general practitioners were both asked to participate in testing the program for a period of 6 months. At the end of 6 months, evaluation meetings were held with the general practitioners, and separate interviews took place with some of the participating patients who were selected by the GPs. Results: Five general practitioners and 25 patients participated in the study. The general practitioners and the patients were enthusiastic about the prospect of an Internet based life style change program. However, the program was not able to sustain patient loyalty over an extended period. The doctors found that the program was much too complicated to navigate and that the results from the program could not be trusted. The patients in contrast had fewer complaints about the program design, but found that the advice given by the program was too elaborate and detailed and, in general, did not add to the patient’s knowledge on life style change. Conclusion: Our study confirms that there is a need for, and a receptive attitude toward a Web-based program that supports people who want to improve their life style and health. LinkMedica-Heart in its present form does not satisfy these needs. We suggest a number of design changes and improvements to the program.
Description: Reviewer: Krishna, Santosh
Reviewer: Demiris, George
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4711
ISSN: 1438-8871
Other Identifiers: doi:10.2196/jmir.6.3.e28
Rights: Copyright (cc) Retained by author(s) under a Creative Commons License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
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