Self-monitoring, self-awareness, and self-determination in cardiac rehabilitation

Maitland, J. and Chalmers, M. (2010) Self-monitoring, self-awareness, and self-determination in cardiac rehabilitation. In: CHI '10: Proceedings of the 28th international conference on Human factors in computing systems, Atlanta, USA, 10-15 April 2010, (doi: 10.1145/1753326.1753508)

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The application of self-monitoring technologies to the problem of promoting health-related behavioural change has been an active area of research for many years. This paper reports on our investigations into health-related behavioural change within the context of a cardiac rehabilitation programme, and considers the role that self-monitoring currently plays and may play in the future. We carried out semi-structured interviews with nineteen cardiac rehabilitation participants. Our main findings relate to distinctions between implicit and conscious change, tensions between cardiac rehabilitation and everyday life, the importance of self-awareness and self-determination, and an overall reluctance towards unnecessary self-monitoring. In view of these findings, we then offer suggestions as to how self-monitoring technologies can be designed to suit this particular context of use.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Chalmers, Professor Matthew
Authors: Maitland, J., and Chalmers, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science

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