User experiences of mobile wellness applications in health promotion: User study of Wellness Diary, Mobile Coach and SelfRelax

Aino Ahtinen, Elina M. Mattila, Antti Väätänen, Lotta Hynninen, Jukka H. Salminen, Esa Koskinen, Klaus Laine

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    Abstract

    An ever-increasing number of people are affected by lifestyle-related health risks, such as overweight, physical inactivity and stress. An ongoing Nuadu trial studies the user acceptance and effectiveness of technologies in supporting the wellness management of working-age citizens. The technologies consist of different Web, mobile and wearable solutions. In this paper, we present the user experience results of three mobile wellness applications: the Wellness Diary, Mobile Coach and SelfRelax. We studied their usefulness, perceived usability, usage habits and motivational factors gathered during the first phase of the trial. The data were collected with user experience questionnaires and interviews, as well as actual usage logs from mobile applications. The findings indicate that the usage habits change during the usage period of more than two months towards more practical ways of use. The results also point out several aspects to be considered when developing future wellness applications for long-term use. These are, e.g. adaptability, versatility, guidance and usability.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare
    PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)978-963-9799-30-1
    ISBN (Print)978-963-9799-42-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2009
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible
    Event3rd International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 1 Apr 20093 Apr 2009

    Conference

    Conference3rd International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CityLondon
    Period1/04/093/04/09

    Keywords

    • health risk management
    • mobile application
    • user experience
    • motivation

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