Persuasive Virtual Communities to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle among Patients with Chronic Diseases

  • Gasca E
  • Favela J
  • Tentori M
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Abstract

The World Health Organization has declared obesity a world-wide epidemic. People with obesity have a higher risk to attain chronic diseases, high risk of premature death and a reduced quality of life. Recent studies have shown that persuasive technologies and virtual communities can promote healthy lifestyles. In this article, we describe the development of a Persuasive Ecosystem aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle in patients with a chronic disease that participate in a support group. The study was inspired in the results of a case study conducted in a hospital responsible for running this group. The results of a preliminary evaluation show an increased engagement of the patients with the program due to the use of the system.

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Authors

  • Eduardo Gasca

  • Jesus Favela

  • Monica Tentori

  • Robert Briggs

  • Pedro Antunes

  • Gert-Jan de Vreede

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