Older adults’ satisfaction of wearing consumer-level activity monitors

Farina, Nicolas and Lowry, Ruth (2017) Older adults’ satisfaction of wearing consumer-level activity monitors. Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering, 4. pp. 1-6. ISSN 2055-6683 (Accepted)

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Abstract

There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that consumer-level activity monitors are a valid means of measuring physical activity in older adults. Understanding whether older adults are satisfied with wearing these activity monitors is an important step to ensuring that devices can be successfully implemented in clinical and research settings. Twenty-five older adults (Mean age = 72.5, Standard deviation = 4.9) wore two consumer-level activity monitors (Misfit Shine and Fitbit Charge HR) for seven consecutive days. After the week participants were asked for their views and satisfaction of wearing each device, measured in part by the Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with assistive Technology (QUEST). Participants were generally satisfied with most aspects of the devices, though were significantly more satisfied with the Misfit Shine. Participants were critical about their ability to adjust both the Misfit Shine and Fitbit Charge HR. Interestingly, the perceived satisfaction with the device was not associated with participants’ consideration of wearing the device again. Future research needs to consider whether the design of consumer-level activity monitor is best suited for older adults.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Activity monitor, wearables, acceptability, elderly, ageing, sensor design
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Neuroscience
Subjects: R Medicine
Depositing User: Nicolas Farina
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2017 08:51
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2017 12:45
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/70003

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