Veterans’ experience with wearable devices

Opportunity

Many stakeholders are interested in using connected health technologies such as wearable devices to remotely monitor and motivate healthy behaviors. However, there is little evidence on how to use these types of interventions with veterans.  

Approach

We recruited a sample of veterans to complete survey assessments on sociodemographics, experiences, and perceptions of using connected devices and baseline physical activity levels. We then tested what proportion would be willing to use a wearable device for two months to track physical activity and complete a follow-up interview on their experience.

Impact

During this study, veterans expressed positivity towards wearing an activity tracker daily, with 91 percent still using the activity tracker at the end of the two-month pilot. Although veterans felt motivated to be more active when wearing the device, feedback suggested more could be done to motivate physical activity than just wearing the device alone. Overall, findings from this study indicate that veterans would be willing to use connected health technologies to improve healthy behaviors.

Funding

Department of Veterans Affairs