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Empowering Citizens for Well-being and Chronic Disease Management With Wellness Diary

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-463
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


Chronic conditions closely related to lifestyles are the major cause of disability and death in the developed world. Behavior change is the key to managing well-being and preventing and managing chronic diseases. Wellness diary (WD) is a mobile application designed to support citizens in learning about their behavior, and both making and maintaining behavior changes. WD has been found acceptable, useful, and suitable for long-term use as a part of an intervention. When used independently, however, it does not seem to have enough engaging and motivating features to support adoption and long-term commitment. The main improvement needs identified based on a review of WD-related studies were: personalization of the application to individual needs, increasing motivation during early use, maintaining motivation, and aiding in relapse recovery in long-term use. We present concepts to improve the personalization of WD as well as improvements to the feedback and interpretation of the self-observation data. We also present usage models on how this type of mobile application could be utilized.


  • Cognitive-behavior therapy, mobile application, self-management, self-observation, WEIGHT-LOSS, SELF-EFFICACY, MAINTENANCE, PREVENTION, PREDICTORS