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A wearable activity tracker intervention for promoting physical activity in adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: a pilot study.

A new interesting article has been published in Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2018 Oct 22;16(1):66. doi: 10.1186/s12969-018-0282-5. and titled:

A wearable activity tracker intervention for promoting physical activity in adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: a pilot study.

Authors of this article are:

Heale LD, Dover S, Goh YI, Maksymiuk VA, Wells GD, Feldman BM.

A summary of the article is shown below:

BACKGROUND: Children and adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) are less physically active than their healthy peers and are at high risk of missing out on the general health benefits of physical activity. Wearable activity trackers are a promising option for intervening in this population with potential advantages over traditional exercise prescriptions. The objectives of this study were to: (1) determine the feasibility of a wearable activity tracker intervention in adolescents with JIA; and (2) estimate the variability in response to a wearable activity tracker intervention on the physical activity levels of adolescents with JIA.METHODS: Participants aged 12-18 years with JIA were recruited during their routine rheumatology clinic visits at a tertiary care hospital. Participants completed the 3-Day Physical Activity Recall self-reported questionnaire at baseline, 1 week and 5 week follow-up. At the 1 week follow up, participants were instructed to start wearing an activity tracker for 28 consecutive days. Participants completed a feasibility questionnaire at their end of study visit. Participant demographics, adherence rates and feasibility outcomes were summarized using descriptive statistics. The effect of wearing a tracker on moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and total metabolic equivalents (METs) per day were analyzed using a paired t-test.RESULTS: Twenty-eight participants (74% female; median age 15.1, range 12.8-18.6) were included in the analysis. All of the participants were able to synchronize the activity tracker to a supported device, use the activity tracker correctly and complete the study measurements. On average, participants had activity logged on their smartphone application for 72% of the intervention period. The standard deviation of the change in mean METs/day was 12.148 and for mean MVPA blocks/day was 3.143 over the study period.CONCLUSION: Wrist worn activity tracking is a feasible intervention for adolescent patients with JIA. More research is needed to examine the effect of activity tracking on physical activity levels.TRIAL REGISTRATION: Not an applicable clinical device trial as per the criteria listed on ClinicalTrials.gov as the primary objective is feasibility.

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Activity tracker;Adolescent;Exercise;Health behaviors;Juvenile idiopathic arthritis;Physical activity

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