Mobilising social support: insights for the development of a web and app based intervention for weight loss

Simpson, S.A. et al. (2016) Mobilising social support: insights for the development of a web and app based intervention for weight loss. UNSPECIFIED S59-S60. (doi:10.1007/s12529-016-9586-3)

Simpson, S.A. et al. (2016) Mobilising social support: insights for the development of a web and app based intervention for weight loss. UNSPECIFIED S59-S60. (doi:10.1007/s12529-016-9586-3)

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Abstract

Introduction: Previous research shows that setting goals, planning, selfmonitoring and social support are key to behavior change. We are developing and testing the feasibility of a web and app based intervention for weight loss incorporating these elements. The first stage involved codesign with a panel of users. This paper will describe insights from focus groups and user testing which have informed the development of the app and website. Methods: Ten obese adults were recruited to three focus groups. Thirty others were recruited and one-to-one interviews were conducted with them. Think aloud methods were also used to assess acceptability, feasibility and usability. Users in both the focus group and interviews were asked about design issues, barriers to use and key features of the app/ website. Data were analyzed using thematic analytic approaches. Results: Users preferred a simple uncluttered design. They wanted to create their own goals but also felt having a ‘template’ was important to guide SMART goal setting. Participants preferred weekly to daily monitoring of weight. They also discussed the importance of ‘personalization’. Participants highlighted the importance of gamification and an element of competition for engagement. They also felt rewards for progress were important. Strategies identified for engaging helpers included: feedback/rewards; options for quick interaction e.g. thumbs-up; and an SOS button to request input from helpers in moments of potential relapse. Conclusions: This detailed user-centered development process and feasibility testing has led to an intervention, designed and tested by users, which will have the potential to change weight related behaviors.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Additional Information:Supplemental volume for conference abstracts.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Matthews, Dr Lynsay and McIntosh, Professor Emma and Simpson, Professor Sharon and McConnachie, Dr Alex and Utkina-Macaskill, Mrs Olga and Moore, Professor Laurence and Pugmire, Dr Juliana
Authors: Simpson, S.A., Matthews, L., Pugmire, J., Kelson, M., McIntosh, E., McConnachie, A., John, E., Morgan-Trimmer, S., Murphy, S., O'Brien, K., Utkina-Macaskill, O., and Moore, L.A.R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Robertson Centre
Journal Name:International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1070-5503
ISSN (Online):1532-7558
Published Online:28 October 2016

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
727631SPHSU Core Renewal: Relationships & Health Improvement Research ProgrammeLisa McDaidMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/11IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
727661SPHSU Core Renewal: Complexity in Health Improvement Research ProgrammeLaurence MooreMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/14IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
620221MRC SPHSU/GU Transfer FellowshipsLaurence MooreMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_PC_13027IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU