Mobile Tool to Aid Health Behavior Choices 

Pang-Ning Tan, PhD   

Principal Investigator: Pang-Ning Tan, PhD, College of Engineering, Michigan State University

Co-Investigators: Jina Huh, PhD, Department of Media and Information, MSU; Barbara Given, PhD, RN, FAAN, College of Nursing, MSU;Paul Entler, DO, Sparrow Hospital

The goal of the project is to develop and test a mobile application presenting future risks to aid patients’ health behavior choices. The purpose is to improve self-efficacy and self-management activities for people with impaired glucose function and who are overweight.

Individuals with chronic illness constantly need to select among multiple behavioral choices that impact their health. Seeing how little changes impact positive health outcome can motivate patients to change their behavior. Although there is a large body of research and tool development for health-related behavioral change, little research has been done on mobile tools that present personalized future risks based on dietary and exercise choices. The proposed system fills this gap and empowers patients to compare and choose situated, everyday behavioral decisions based on potential future risks. Patients can use their mobile phones to test what-if scenarios on how their diet and exercise choices can influence future risks in the context of their personalized health status.

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