Promoting healthy teenage behaviour across three European countries through the use of a novel smartphone technology platform, PEGASO Fit for Future: study protocol of a quasi-experimental, controlled, multi-centre trial

Puigdomenech, E. et al. (2019) Promoting healthy teenage behaviour across three European countries through the use of a novel smartphone technology platform, PEGASO Fit for Future: study protocol of a quasi-experimental, controlled, multi-centre trial. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 19, 278. (doi: 10.1186/s12911-019-0958-x) (PMID:31847919) (PMCID:PMC6918671)

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Abstract

Background: Behaviour change interventions targeting physical activity, diet, sleep and sedentary behaviour of teenagers show promise when delivered through smartphones. However, to date there is no evidence of effectiveness of multicomponent smartphone-based interventions. Utilising a user-centred design approach, we developed a theory-based, multi-dimensional system, PEGASO Fit For Future (PEGASO F4F), which exploits sophisticated game mechanics involving smartphone applications, a smartphone game and activity sensors to motivate teenagers to take an active role in adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This paper describes the study protocol to assess the feasibility, usability and effectiveness (knowledge/awareness and behavioural change in lifestyle) of the PEGASO system. Methods: We are conducting a quasi-experimental controlled cluster trial in 4 sites in Spain, Italy, and UK (England, Scotland) over 6 months. We plan to recruit 525, in a 2:1 basis, teenagers aged 13–16 years from secondary schools. The intervention group is provided with the PEGASO system whereas the comparison group continues their usual educational routine. Outcomes include feasibility, acceptance, and usability of the PEGASO system as well as between and within group changes in motivation, self-reported diet, physical activity, sedentary and sleeping behaviour, anthropometric measures and knowledge about a healthy lifestyle. Discussion: PEGASO F4F will provide evidence into the cross-cultural similarities and differences in the feasibility, acceptability and usability of a multi-dimensional smartphone based behaviour change intervention for teenagers. The study will explore facilitating factors, challenges and barriers of engaging teenagers to adapt and maintain a healthy lifestyle when using smartphone technology. Positive results from this ICT based multi component intervention may have significant implications both at clinical level, improving teenagers health and at public health level since it can present an influential tool against the development of chronic disease during adulthood. Trial registration: https://clinicaltrials.gov Registration number: NCT02930148, registered 4 October 2016.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This project was funded by research grants of the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (Call identifier: FP7-ICT-2013-10; Project number: 610727). AM was supported by the UK Medical Research Council (grant number MC_UU_12017/14) and the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office (grant number SPHSU14).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Martin, Dr Anne
Authors: Puigdomenech, E., Martin, A., Lang, A., Adorni, F., Gomez, S. F., McKinstry, B., Prinelli, F., Condon, L., Rashid, R., Caon, M., Atkinson, S., Lafortuna, C. L., Ciociola, V., Hanley, J., McCloughan, L., Castell, C., and Espallargues, M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:1472-6947
ISSN (Online):1472-6947
Copyright Holders:Copyright © The Authors 2019
First Published:First published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 19:278
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
190877Quinquennial Core FundsLaurence MooreMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/14HW - MRC/CSO SPHSU Support Services
SPHSU14