Pervasive, Persuasive Health: Some Challenges

Wellness Interventions & HCI, Pervasive Health 2012

As we consider the next set of challenges for pervasive heath, what are the issues that our current expertise may not sufficiently address? What might we have overlooked that should be on our research agenda as we go forward? In this brief paper, I argue that we would benefit from knowing more about how to design persuasive health systems for single-use situations (e.g., the decision to get a screening or vaccination) and that people can “graduate” from while maintaining healthy routines and habits they have developed.

Paper [pdf · blog posts: 1, 2, 3], Slides [7MB pdf]

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The Swellness Project identifies ways to build applications that effectively support health behavior change and will also contribute to our understanding of theories about influence and persuasion and their interactions with indvidual differences and preferences. Published work includes a study of how people use Facebook and Online Health Communities to support health goals (CSCW 2011), a study of a social version of a positive psychology exercise (Persuasive 2010), and a mobile application to promote fitness (GoalPost, Pervasive Health 2012). This project is funded by Intel and the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School.

Public apps: 3GT · Commitments · Steps (currently mid-overhaul!)