Session Type: ACR Poster Session C
Session Time: 9:00AM-11:00AM
Background/Purpose: Physical activity participation can reduce pain, improve mobility and enhance quality of life in people with arthritis. Despite these benefits, it was reported in the 2011 Canadian Community Health Survey that less than half of Canadians with arthritis are physically active. While emerging evidence supports the use of some wearable physical activity monitoring tools to support an active lifestyle among patients with chronic diseases, little is known about how to integrate wearable tools to support self-management. We aimed to examine the barriers and facilitators to using these wearable tools from the perspectives of arthritis patients.
Results: In 2014 – 2015, 40 patients (31 women; 9 men) took part in 9 focus groups in-person or by teleconference. Of the 37 participants who provided information, 29 had used a wearable physical activity monitoring tool in the past. 17 (46%) had OA, 13 (35%) had IA, and 7 (19%) had OA and IA. Focus groups ranged from 3-6 participants, and the median age was 59 years (range: 23 –78). Preliminary findings revealed key barriers to patients’ use of online physical activity monitors, which included: 1) an unfamiliarity with the tools, 2) a concern that the tool may be too expensive, and 3) doubts that use of the tool would be sustainable. If use was to be sustained, participants identified the importance of a tool that was user-friendly and provided information that was meaningful to their individual circumstance. Key facilitators were identified as: 1) an existing level of motivation to try out ways to be more active; 2) ease of use of the tool; 3) ongoing support from health professionals to use the tool optimally.
Conclusion: Participants identified the accessibility of wearable physical activity monitoring tools and the prospect of their long-term use as hurdles for using wearables activity monitors. The patients’ perspective has also highlighted the importance of tool design and health professional support in facilitating ongoing use of these tools. These findings provide an important first step to informing future implementation strategies for patients to use wearable physical activity monitoring tools in supporting self-management.
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To cite this abstract in AMA style:Leese J, Tran BC, Backman C, Townsend AF, Davis A, Jones A, Gromala D, Avina-Zubieta JA, Li L. A Qualitative Study of Barriers and Facilitators to Arthritis Patients Use of Physical Activity Monitoring Tools [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2015; 67 (suppl 10). http://acrabstracts.org/abstract/a-qualitative-study-of-barriers-and-facilitators-to-arthritis-patients-use-of-physical-activity-monitoring-tools/. Accessed January 22, 2018.
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