People with unhealthy lifestyle behaviours benefit from remote coaching via mobile technology
- Correspondence to: Dr Faryle Nothwehr
, Community and Behavioral Health, University of Iowa, 105 River Street, N424 CPHB, Iowa City, IA52242,USA;
- Accepted 22 August 2012
- Published Online First 15 September 2012
Implications for practice and research
The study confirms previous research findings suggesting that behavioural interventions that encourage goal setting and frequent self-monitoring can result in significant, positive behavioural change, even in a population with fairly entrenched behavioural patterns.
Non-targeted behaviours may be affected through a process of complementary behavioural change.
Additional research is needed to better understand whether and how changes in non-targeted behaviours occur in adults, as this could lead to more efficient interventions.
Use of mobile technology to encourage self-monitoring has the potential to provide exceptionally rich data for researchers studying the behaviour change process. However, the relative advantage of such technology over low-technology self-monitoring methods in terms of participant …