Website physical activity interventions: preferences of potential users

Ferney, Shannon L. and Marshall, Alison L. (2006) Website physical activity interventions: preferences of potential users. Health Education Research, 21 4: 560-566. doi:10.1093/her/cyl013

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Author Ferney, Shannon L.
Marshall, Alison L.
Title Website physical activity interventions: preferences of potential users
Journal name Health Education Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0268-1153
Publication date 2006-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/her/cyl013
Volume 21
Issue 4
Start page 560
End page 566
Total pages 7
Place of publication Oxford, UK
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321216 Health Promotion
730301 Health education and promotion
1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract Information and communication technologies (particularly websites and e-mail) have the potential to deliver health behavior change programs to large numbers of adults at low cost. Controlled trials using these new media to promote physical activity have produced mixed results. User-centered development methods can assist in understanding the preferences of potential participants for website functions and content, and may lead to more effective programs. Eight focus group discussions were conducted with 40 adults after they had accessed a previously trialed physical activity website. The discussions were audio taped, transcribed and interpreted using a themed analysis method. Four key themes emerged: structure, interactivity, environmental context and content. Preferences were expressed for websites that include simple interactive features, together with information on local community activity opportunities. Particular suggestions included online community notice boards, personalized progress charts, e-mail access to expert advice and access to information on specific local physical activity facilities and services. Website physical activity interventions could usefully include personally relevant interactive and environmentally focused features and services identified through a user-centered development process.
Keyword Public, environmental & occupational health
Adults participation
Web Site
Education & educational research
Environmental attributes
Q-Index Code C1

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