Assessing acceptability and patient experience of a behavioral lifestyle intervention using fitbit technology in older adults to manage type 2 diabetes amid COVID-19 pandemic: A focus group study: Focus group analysis of lifestyle intervention

Rozmin Jiwani, Brittany Dennis, Chandler Bess, Siler Monk, Kylie Meyer, Jing Wang, Sara Espinoza

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Abstract

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) contributes to reduced quality of life in older adults, especially in those with comorbidities such as being overweight or obese. Personal fitness technology (Fitbit ®) has the potential to improve the management of T2D. Using a semi-structured interview guide, focus groups were conducted to explore participants’ acceptability and experiences following a behavioral lifestyle intervention that integrated Fitbit in overweight/obese older adults with T2D amid the COVID-19 pandemic which began during the time of this study. Focus group transcripts were transcribed and analyzed using thematic analysis. Eighteen (18) of the 20 participants completed the program and focus group interviews. Overall, we observed high acceptability of the program, and participants reported favorable experiences such as increased knowledge of health behaviors, improved diabetes management, and improved quality of life following the behavioral lifestyle intervention, even under stressful life circumstances from COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-64
Number of pages8
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

Keywords

  • Fitness technology
  • Focus group
  • Older adults, Fitbit
  • Qualitative research
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Wearable
  • mHealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

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