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Can a Theory-Informed Interactive Animation Increase Intentions to Engage in Physical Activity in Young People with Asthma?

Murray, Jennifer; Williams, Brian; Hoskins, Gaylor; Skar, Silje; McGhee, John; Gauld, Dylan; Brown, Gordon; Treweek, Shaun; Sniehotta, Falko; Cameron, Linda; Sheikh, Aziz; Hagen, Suzanne


Brian Williams

Gaylor Hoskins

Silje Skar

John McGhee

Dylan Gauld

Gordon Brown

Shaun Treweek

Falko Sniehotta

Linda Cameron

Aziz Sheikh

Suzanne Hagen


A theoretically-informed interactive animation was developed, using themes drawn from psychology, sociology, applied health research, and narrative theory, which aimed to encourage young people with asthma to engage in physical activity. The animation was evaluated using qualitative and quantitative methods. A web-based Interactive Modelling Experiment was used to evaluate whether the animation was effective in three key areas: knowledge about asthma, inhaler use, and intention to increase physical activity. One-to-one interviews and focus groups were used to evaluate the acceptability of the animation and whether the theoretical basis was effective. Preliminary qualitative findings indicate good acceptability and perceived effectiveness. The quantitative findings are less clear, with a change in simulated activity and inhaler use being found, but with no clear association between these changes and the animation itself. Future work will be carried out to established whether these levels of acceptability and perceived effectiveness are actually translated into behaviour change.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction HCI 2014: Human-Computer Interaction. Applications and Services
Start Date Jun 22, 2014
End Date Jun 27, 2014
Publication Date 2014
Deposit Date Feb 16, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 16, 2015
Electronic ISSN 1611-3349
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8512
Pages 289-300
Series Title Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Series Number 8512
Series ISSN 0302-9743
Book Title Human-Computer Interaction. Applications and Services
Chapter Number 28
ISBN 9783319072265; 9783319072272
Keywords Asthma; interactive animation; wIME; theory-informed; multidisciplinary
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Contract Date Feb 16, 2015