Can a theory-informed interactive animation increase intentions to engage in physical activity in young people with asthma?

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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer interaction. Applications and Services
Subtitle of host publication16th International Conference, HCI International 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014, Proceedings, Part III
EditorsMasaaki Kurosu
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319072272
ISBN (Print)9783319072265
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Creta Maris, Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 22 Jun 201427 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleHCI International 2014
Internet address


  • Asthma
  • interactive animation
  • wIME
  • theory-informed
  • multidisciplinary


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