August 9, 2016

Pedometer Use Wanes at 12 Months

A study in JMIR finds that pedometer use, although efficacious at 4 months, is much lower at 12 months. 


Caroline R. Richardson, M.D.
Caroline R. Richardson, M.D.

In a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, Caroline R. Richardson, M.D., associate chair for research programs, and colleagues found that pedometer use waned over a 12 month period. Their Internet-mediated, pedometer-based physical activity intervention among veterans with COPD was efficacious at 4 months. However, it did not maintain improvements in health related quality of life and daily step counts at 12 months. Both pedometer adherence and website engagement dropped. The researchers suggest that future efforts should focus on improving features of physical activity interventions to promote long-term behavior change and sustain engagement in physical activity.

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