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A systematic review of lifestyle monitoring technologies

Brownsell, Simon, Bradley, David, Blackburn, Steve, Cardinaux , Fabien and Hawley , Mark (2011) A systematic review of lifestyle monitoring technologies. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 17 (4). pp. 185-189. ISSN 1357-633X


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Lifestyle, or behavioural monitoring is an important element of telecare research where changes in activity profiles are used as a proxy to highlight a change in an individual’s health or care status. However, despite the promise of this approach for users and care providers it has been slow to develop. A literature review was undertaken to establish the current position with regard to lifestyle monitoring and to use this to inform requirements for the future development and implementation of such systems. In total, 74 papers met the inclusion criteria. Only 4 papers reported trials involving 20 or more individuals with a further 17 papers reporting trials involving one or more individuals. Most papers (n=53) were concerned with technology development initiatives. With respect to the technologies and strategies employed, motion monitoring dominated, followed by door and electrical appliance usage. The predominant monitoring strategy is that of detecting changes in activity levels. However, it was noticeable that little attention was given to determining when or how changes in the profile of activity should be used to raise a call for assistance from a health or care professional.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. The definitive version, detailed above, is available online at www.rsmjournals.com
Keywords: telehealth, telemedicine, telecare, behavioural change, lifestyle monitoring
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield) > Health Services Research (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Dr Simon Brownsell
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2011 16:24
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:32
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1258/jtt.2010.100803
Status: Published
Publisher: Royal Society of Medicine
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1258/jtt.2010.100803
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43065

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