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Vol. 58, No. 3, 2012
Issue release date: April 2012
Section title: Regenerative and Technological Section / Original Paper
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Gerontology 2012;58:269–281

Participatory and Persuasive Telehealth

Lee D.a · Helal S.a · Anton S.b · De Deugd S.c · Smith A.c
aMobile and Pervasive Computing Laboratory, Computer and Information Science and Engineering Department (CISE), and bDepartment of Aging and Geriatric Research, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., and cEmerging Standards Division, IBM, Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA
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Sumi Helal, PhD, Mobile and Pervasive Computing Laboratory

Computer and Information Science and Engineering Department (CISE)

University of Florida, Room 448, CSE Building

PO Box 116125, Gainesville, FL 32611 (USA)

Tel. +1 352 392 6845, E-Mail helal@cise.ufl.edu

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Technological advances in telehealth systems are primarily focused on sensing and monitoring. However, these systems are limited in that they only rely on sensors and medical devices to obtain vital signs. New research and development are urgently needed to offer more effective and meaningful interactions between patients, medical professionals and other individuals around the patients. Social networking with Web 2.0 technologies and methods can meet these demands, and help to develop a more complete view of the patient. Also many people, including the elderly, may be resistant to change, which can reduce the efficacy of telehealth systems. Persuasive technology and mechanisms are urgently needed to counter this resistance and promote healthy lifestyles. In this paper, we propose the participatory and persuasive telehealth system as a solution for these two limitations. By integrating connected health solutions with social networking and adding persuasive influence, we increase the chances for effective interventions and behavior alterations.

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Abstract of Regenerative and Technological Section / Original Paper

Received: September 03, 2010
Accepted: June 08, 2011
Published online: August 31, 2011
Issue release date: April 2012

Number of Print Pages: 13
Number of Figures: 7
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0304-324X (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0003 (Online)

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