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Title: OBINTER: A Holistic Approach to Catalyse the Self-Management of Chronic Obesity
Authors: Alvarez, Roberto; Torres, Jordi; Artola, Garazi; Epelde, Gorka and Arranz, Sara; Marrugat, Gerard
Abstract: Obesity is a preventable chronic condition that, in 2016, affected more than 1.9 billion people globally. Several factors have been identified that have a positive impact on long-term weight loss programs such as personalized recommendations, adherence strategies, weight and diet follow-up or physical activity tracking. Recently, various applications have been developed which help patients to self-manage their condition. These apps implement either one or some of these identified factors; however, there is not a single application that combines all of them following a holistic approach. In this context, we developed the OBINTER platform, which assists patients during the weight loss process by targeting user engagement during the longer term. The solution includes a mobile application which allows users to fill out dietetic questionnaires, receive dietetic and nutraceutical plans, track the evolution of their weight and adherence to the diet, as well as track their physical activity via a wearable device. Furthermore, an adherence strategy has been developed as a tool to foster the app usage during the whole weight loss process. In this paper, we present how the OBINTER approach gathers all of these features as well as the positive results of a usability testing study performed to assess the performance and usability of the OBINTER platform.
Keywords: self-management; obesity; personalized recommendations; adherence; patient-reported outcomes; MEDITERRANEAN DIET; ADHERENCE; DISEASE
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: MDPI
Type: Article
DOI: 10.3390/s20185060
E-ISSN: 1424-8220
Funder: Department of Economic Development and Infrastructure of the Basque Government under the Elkartek program [KK-2019/00028, KK-2019/00032]
Appears in Publication types:Artículos científicos

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