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Towards multimodal boosting of motivation for fall-preventive physical activity in seniors


Åsa Revenäs , Lars Ström , Antonio Cicchetti, Maria Ehn

Publication Type:

Journal article


Digital Health


Sage Journals




Background Many seniors need to increase their physical activity (PA) and participation in fall prevention exercise. Therefore, digital systems have been developed to support fall-preventive PA. Most of them lack video coaching and PA monitoring, two functionalities that may be relevant for increasing PA. Objective To develop a prototype of a system to support seniors’ fall-preventive PA, which includes also video coaching and PA monitoring, and to evaluate its feasibility and user experience. Methods A system prototype was conceived by integrating applications for step-monitoring, behavioural change support, personal calendar, video-coaching and a cloud service for data management and co-ordination. Its feasibility and user experience were evaluated in three consecutive test periods combined with technical development. In total, 11 seniors tested the system at home for four weeks with video coaching from health care professionals. Results Initially, the system's feasibility was non-satisfactory due to insufficient stability and usability. However, most problems could be addressed and amended. In the third (last) test period, both seniors and coaches experienced the system prototype to be fun, flexible and awareness-raising. Interestingly, the video coaching which made the system unique compared to similar systems was highly appreciated. Nonetheless, even the users in the last test period highlighted issues due to insufficient usability, stability and flexibility. Further improvements in these areas are needed. Conclusions Video coaching in fall-preventive PA can be valuable for both seniors and health care professionals. High reliability, usability and flexibility of systems supporting seniors are essential.


author = {{\AA}sa Reven{\"a}s and Lars Str{\"o}m and Antonio Cicchetti and Maria Ehn},
title = {Towards multimodal boosting of motivation for fall-preventive physical activity in seniors},
volume = {9},
pages = {1--17},
month = {July},
year = {2023},
journal = {Digital Health},
publisher = {Sage Journals},
url = {}