Participant transcripts for “The understanding and interpretation of innovative technology-enabled multidimensional physical activity feedback in patients at risk of future chronic disease"

Background: Innovative physical activity monitoring technology can be used to depict rich visual feedback that encompasses the various aspects of physical activity known to be important for health. However, it is unknown whether patients who are at risk of chronic disease would understand such sophisticated personalised feedback or whether they would find it useful and motivating. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether technology-enabled multidimensional physical activity graphics and visualisations are comprehensible and usable for patients at risk of chronic disease.

Method: We developed several iterations of graphics depicting minute-by-minute activity patterns and integrated physical activity health targets. Subsequently, patients at moderate/high risk of chronic disease (n=29) and healthcare practitioners (n=15) from South West England underwent full 7-days activity monitoring followed by individual semi-structured interviews in which they were asked to comment on their own personalised visual feedback Framework analysis was used to gauge their interpretation and of personalised feedback, graphics and visualisations.

Results: We identified two main components focussing on (a) the interpretation of feedback designs and data and (b) the impact of personalised visual physical activity feedback on facilitation of health behaviour change. Participants demonstrated a clear ability to understand the sophisticated personal information plus an enhanced physical activity knowledge. They reported that receiving multidimensional feedback was motivating and could be usefully applied to facilitate their efforts in becoming more physically active.

Conclusion: Multidimensional physical activity feedback can be made comprehensible, informative and motivational by using appropriate graphics and visualisations. There is an opportunity to exploit the full potential created by technological innovation and provide sophisticated personalised physical activity feedback as an adjunct to support behaviour change.

Physical activity, sedentary time, public health, feedback, at-risk patients, healthcare professionals, qualitative research

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Western, M., Peacock, O., Stathi, A., Thompson, D., 2015. Participant transcripts for “The understanding and interpretation of innovative technology-enabled multidimensional physical activity feedback in patients at risk of future chronic disease". Bath: University of Bath Research Data Archive. Available from:


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Max Western
University of Bath

Oliver Peacock
Project Member

Afroditi Stathi
Project Member

Dylan Thompson
Project Leader


University of Bath
Rights Holder


Geographical coverage:

South West England


Data collection method:

We worked with professional infographics specialists to develop multidimensional physical activity visualisations and then evaluated whether patients and healthcare professionals could comprehend these designs and personal feedback on their physical activity and whether they subsequently found this information useful through qualitative, one-to-one, semi-structured interviews.

Data processing and preparation activities:

Digital audio files were transcribed verbatim and any primary or secondary identifiers were removed from the word documents to comply with data protection and confidentiality regulations.


MRC National Prevention Research Initiative

Personalised social marketing of multi-dimensional physical activity profiles in at risk men & women

Publication details

Publication date: 2015
by: University of Bath

Version: 1


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Related papers and books

Western, M. J.., Peacock, O. J.., Stathi, A., and Thompson, D., 2015. The Understanding and Interpretation of Innovative Technology-Enabled Multidimensional Physical Activity Feedback in Patients at Risk of Future Chronic Disease. PLOS ONE, 10(5), e0126156. Available from:

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Contact person: Max Western


Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences