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Feedback Loops, Behavior Change and Patient Engagement- what matters and to whom?

Feedback Loops, Behavior Change and Patient Engagement- what matters and to whom? | Programs not pills | Scoop.it
I have been thinking a lot about feedback loops and behavior change and wondering whether patient activation is the first step that jump starts the process.


Recently, there has been a lot written about patient engagement.
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The literacy of Self Data

I was at a presentation from Gary Wolf (co-founder of Quantified Self) yesterday at MediaX in Stanford.

And while I have been at several QS meetups, it was very interesting to hear the story told by Gary. Here is what I got from it:

- Quantified Self introduces a new paradigm in health data collection and usage.

- The current movement is more about building a literacy for self data collection, visualization and analysis than about tracking all the gadgets and apps that can capture personal data.

 

The current standard process is:

- some discovery at the theoretical or chemical level

- trials in animals- case studies

- clinical trials 

 

This is an accepted way to move drugs from the lab to patients, and the data from clinical trials is the gold standard that confirms usage for a specific drugs. Except that what works statistically for the mass may not work for me. It can be argued that Quantified Self is the real gold standard because while clinical trials provide statistical validation there is always the issue of how that specific drug applies to Me: my own case within my own context. And since Quantified Self is about measuring what happens to me specifically, it will always be the very best data that I can get. 

 

So Quantified Self, while coming into the picture from a very different angle (computing becoming personal to the point of capturing my vital signs and my moods), opens the opportunity to revolutionize healthcare by helping us move away from the tyrany of the mass into personal customized diagnostics and treatments.

 

The open issue of course remains the literacy of Self Data capture, visualization and analysis: while many people have all the smarts needed to do the right job, they do not necessarily use the tools that are available because they do not know about them, or do not understand them, or do not have an easy way to implement them. And we may not have all the right tools yet.

 

This is why the current QS meetings are about sharing personal stories about data collection, visualization and analysis, so that we can all learn from each others what can be done and how. 

 

Interestingly enough the world of sports, which is often times considered to be on the opposite side of academia (muscles vs. brain), is a place where best practices to optimize performance are very advanced. Athletes are very good at utilizing specific techniques to improve their bodies and health. Unfortunately there are usually little to no scientific papers to document these techniques.

The good news is that QS meetups have proven to be a good place to (re)capture this knowledge.

 

Definitely we have a fascinating journey ahead of us.

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Fitbit study: UK adults find mobile health tracking, not public messaging ... - mobihealthnews

Fitbit study: UK adults find mobile health tracking, not public messaging ... - mobihealthnews | Programs not pills | Scoop.it
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Chew your bite and Relish What You Eat... - Diet,nutrition and Lifestyle | Facebook

Chew your bite and Relish What You Eat... - Diet,nutrition and Lifestyle | Facebook | Programs not pills | Scoop.it
Chew your bite and Relish What You Eat

Eat slowly and chew every bite 32 times. Savor the food you eat and sip water with meals. Water helps to digest... (Chew your bite and Relish What You Eat

Eat slowly and chew every bite 32 times.
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Study: Weight loss apps still aren’t using many established behavior change strategies

Study: Weight loss apps still aren’t using many established behavior change strategies | Programs not pills | Scoop.it
There are so many weight loss apps on the market that even Weight Watchers is feeling the pressure, and yet a recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found these apps do...
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When It Comes to Building the Body You Want, the Journey is the Destination - Nia Shanks

When It Comes to Building the Body You Want, the Journey is the Destination - Nia Shanks | Programs not pills | Scoop.it
We want, and deserve, results from our hard work.
When we go to the gym consistently, get stronger, and eat well, we want to see the results immediately.
And quick results isn’t enough; we want to reach our main goal as soon as possible.
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Health Begins at Work - The Atlantic

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Health Begins at Work
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“Programs need to apply behavior change theory to engage people in the task of taking better care of their health.
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Behavioral Health Startup Sessions Launches To Provide Personalized Fitness ... - TechCrunch

Behavioral Health Startup Sessions Launches To Provide Personalized Fitness ... - TechCrunch | Programs not pills | Scoop.it
Behavioral Health Startup Sessions Launches To Provide Personalized Fitness ...
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Fitness isn't a one-size-fits-all proposition, and there are few apps that are tailored specifically to the needs of individual users.
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Five different ways to understand self-tracking

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Google Glass is the typical example of what wearable computing technologies can achieve. By this we mean the integration of small technological components—cameras, sensors, connectivity chips—into normal clothes and daily fashion accessories. The development of the Mountain View company is remarkable for its ambition and possibilities, but there are other alternatives equally remarkable.

 

Angel, a bracelet that can go a long way

We are almost used to the release of bracelets by giants of the likes of Nike with its Fuelband or FitBit—with its latest development, Force. These bracelets are essentially designed to track your daily physical activity, and the audience segment that may be interested in them is especially sporty.

 

BluFit Bottle, a smart bottle

BluFit is a ‘smart’ water bottle connected to your mobile device. The connection to the mobile application allows setting parameters such as your weight, age, or the temperature and humidity of your environment to enable this bottle to suggest you how much water you have to consume, and when.

 

TellSpec analyzes what you are about to eat

Diet is another field in which these devices can be very useful, as shown by the scanner TellSpec, a small device that ‘studies’ your food and allows you to know its components or the calories contained in every 100 grams (0.220 pounds) of any food. Moreover, it points out the possible elements that could provoke you allergies

 

QuASP, an assistant to improve your training

The monitoring of fitness activity goes a step further with QuASP, a device in the shape of a sensor integrated in your clothes that evaluates various aspects of your physical activity such as acceleration or deceleration patterns, reaction times when changing direction and, of course, distances, speeds, and even high jumps.

 

Ringbow, a different way to play

Another segment in which the technology integrated into the clothing and accessories has special interest is video games. Systems like Oculus Rift prove it, but there are alternatives like Ringbow, a ring that allows you to interact with touch devices specifically aimed at mobile games.

 


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BJ Fogg to share a new method for creating habits with Directors of Surgery as ... - PR Newswire (press release)

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Eat Slowly and Enjoy | Restored Roots

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“To eat slowly, is to eat with a fuller knowledge of all that is involved in bringing food out of the earth and to the table…to eat deliberately, in the original sense of the word: “from freedom” instead of compulsion.
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REBEL Mindful Eating Video

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from Rebecca Bitzer & Associates, on Oct 30REBEL Mindful Eating Video
Being able to listen to your body’s hunger and full signals are an important part of healthy eating and living.
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Redefining the Hospital’s Role (SSIR)

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Boston Children's Hospital is testing new approaches to improving outcomes and reducing health care costs.
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Getting to the Heart of Behavior Change: Health-Related Quality of Life

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Health Enhancement Systems, providing health promotion programs to improve employee wellness for worksites, corporations, and organizations around the globe.
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QS Gallery: Mark Moschel

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Today’s gallery image is from the co-organizer of the Chicago QS Meetup group, Mark Moschel. Mark has been experimenting with various methods of self-tracking and has even built a neat SMS-based tracking tool called Ask Me Every.
Marc Dangeard's insight:

Great service for QS fans: http://askmeevery.com/

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Why we should Eat Slowly by Rachel Alessi | Living Healthy 360

Why we should Eat Slowly by Rachel Alessi | Living Healthy 360 | Programs not pills | Scoop.it
When you tuck into your lunch do you realise that food digestion actually begins in the mouth, not the stomach?
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Google adds low-power step counting to Android 4.4 | mobihealthnews

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Google adds low-power step counting to Android 4.4 | targets data and behavior change: http://t.co/Cnl9f0qbkJ
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Behavior Change Fights Diabetes and Depression | dailyRx

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dailyRx is the leading provider of medically reviewed health news and medical information with tips that are actionable and easy.
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Day 10: The Mind-Stomach Connection - LA Canyon News

Day 10: The Mind-Stomach Connection LA Canyon News Since it takes 20 minutes from the first biteful for the stomach to issue the message, “I'm satisfied,” all the more reason to eat slowly and chew each bite of food into the watery state that aids...
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Announcing the 2014 Quantified Self Europe Conference

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We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2014 Quantified Self Europe Conference. We’re heading back to Amsterdam on May 10th and 11th to host another gathering of makers, users, researchers, and explorers.
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New Research: Junk food is depressing, literally

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We all know that a rotten diet leads to a plethora of physiological problems, including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, ADHD, Alzheimer's, and obesity. According to new research out of Harvard, there's now a new ailment to add to the list:...
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Targeted wellness programs can cut costs, improve health - Chicago Tribune

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Targeted wellness programs can cut costs, improve health
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Each initiative is different because it is created within a different organization and encourages behavior change among a multiplicity of people.
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Cigna Pairs Up With Samsung to Support Healthy Lifestyles for Policyholders - HealthTechZone

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Cigna Pairs Up With Samsung to Support Healthy Lifestyles for Policyholders
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Mobile health apps, when deployed with behavior change principles in mind, can be an effective way to help policyholders to improve their lifestyles.
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Eat Slowly - Patheos

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When you eat slowly, you digest better. You lose or maintain weight more easily. Yet you also feel more satisfied with each meal. Conversely, if you rush your meals, your digestion suffers. Meals are stressful.
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Weight Loss: 8 Strategies for Dining Out on a Diet - BlogHer (blog)

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Weight Loss: 8 Strategies for Dining Out on a Diet
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Eat slowly and enjoy every bite of your meal.
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