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Motivating People with Chronic Pain to do Physical Activity: Opportunities for Technology Design

Singh, A; Klapper, A; Jia, J; Fidalgo, A; Tajadura-Jimenez, A; Kanakam, N; Bianchi-Berthouze, N; (2014) Motivating People with Chronic Pain to do Physical Activity: Opportunities for Technology Design. In: ACM. Association for Computing Machinery Green open access

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Abstract

Physical activity is important for improving quality of life in people with chronic pain. However, actual or anticipated pain exacerbation, and lack of confidence when doing physical activity, make it difficult to maintain and build towards long-term activity goals. Research guiding the design of interactive technology to motivate and support physical activity in people with chronic pain is lacking. We conducted studies with: (1) people with chronic pain, to understand how they maintained and increased physical activity in daily life and what factors deterred them; and (2) pain-specialist physiotherapists, to understand how they supported people with chronic pain. Building on this understanding, we investigated the use of auditory feedback to address some of the psychological barriers and needs identified and to increase self-efficacy, motivation and confidence in physical activity. We conclude by discussing further design opportunities based on the overall findings.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Motivating People with Chronic Pain to do Physical Activity: Opportunities for Technology Design
Event: CHI'14
Dates: 2014-04-28 - 2014-05-01
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/2556288.2557268
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2556288.2557268
Language: English
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Keywords: Chronic Pain, Technology for Physical Rehabilitation, Movement Sonification
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1420982
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