Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorHardcastle, Sarah
dc.contributor.authorGalliott, M.
dc.contributor.authorLynch, B.
dc.contributor.authorNguyen, N.
dc.contributor.authorCohen, P.
dc.contributor.authorMohan, G.
dc.contributor.authorJohansen, N.
dc.contributor.authorSaunders, C.
dc.identifier.citationHardcastle, S. and Galliott, M. and Lynch, B. and Nguyen, N. and Cohen, P. and Mohan, G. and Johansen, N. et al. 2018. Acceptability and utility of, and preference for wearable activity trackers amongst non-metropolitan cancer survivors. PLoS ONE. 13 (12): Article ID e0210039.

Purpose: The study purpose was to investigate the acceptability and utility of, and preference for, wearable activity trackers (WATs) amongst cancer survivors living in regional and remote areas of Western Australia. Methods: Twenty participants were recruited (Mean age = 63 years, SD = 13) to test two to three trackers from five available models (Fitbit Alta, Garmin Vivofit 2, Garmin Vivosmart, Polar loop 2 and Polar A300). Participants wore each device for two weeks, followed by a one-week washout period between devices. Interviews were conducted with participants to explore user perceptions and experiences. Interview transcripts were analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Four main themes emerged: (i) Consciousness raising; (ii) Prompts and Feedback; (iii) Accuracy and registry of activities; and, (iv) WAT preferences and features. Conclusions: WATs were acceptable and useful to cancer survivors. WATs increased self-awareness of physical activity, provided real time feedback in relation to step goals, and reinforced progress and efforts towards goals. The aesthetics of the WATs were deemed crucial in determining preference and likelihood of use. Implications for cancer survivors: Future interventions may do well to have two different WATs available for participants to choose from, according to activity preferences, aesthetic preferences, and display size.

dc.publisherPublic Library of Science
dc.titleAcceptability and utility of, and preference for wearable activity trackers amongst non-metropolitan cancer survivors
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titlePLoS ONE
curtin.departmentSchool of Psychology
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

Files in this item


This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record
Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as