Website physical activity interventions : preferences of potential users

Ferney, Shannon L. and Marshall, Alison L. 2006, Website physical activity interventions : preferences of potential users, Health education research, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 560-566, doi: 10.1093/her/cyl013.

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Title Website physical activity interventions : preferences of potential users
Author(s) Ferney, Shannon L.ORCID iD for Ferney, Shannon L.
Marshall, Alison L.
Journal name Health education research
Volume number 21
Issue number 4
Start page 560
End page 566
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Cary, N. C.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0268-1153
Summary Information and communication technologies (particularly websites and e-mail) have the potential to deliver health behavior change programs to large numbers of adults at low cost. Controlled trials using these new media to promote physical activity have produced mixed results. User-centered development methods can assist in understanding the preferences of potential participants for website functions and content, and may lead to more effective programs. Eight focus group discussions were conducted with 40 adults after they had accessed a previously trialed physical activity website. The discussions were audio taped, transcribed and interpreted using a themed analysis method. Four key themes emerged: structure, interactivity, environmental context and content. Preferences were expressed for websites that include simple interactive features, together with information on local community activity opportunities. Particular suggestions included online community notice boards, personalized progress charts, e-mail access to expert advice and access to information on specific local physical activity facilities and services. Website physical activity interventions could usefully include personally relevant interactive and environmentally focused features and services identified through a user-centered development process.
Notes Article first published online 15th May 2006
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/her/cyl013
Field of Research 119999 - Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 - Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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