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Cardiology

Innovative ICT-based monitoring system shows promise in enhancing physical activity during hospitalization

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A recently developed information and communication technology (ICT)-based physical activity (PA) monitoring system shows promise in addressing the significant decline in physical activity observed during hospitalization, particularly in cardiac rehabilitation settings, according to a study.

The randomized pilot study demonstrated that patients using the ICT monitoring system, in addition to wearing accelerometers, exhibited higher adherence, increased physical activity levels, and longer walking distances compared to those using accelerometers alone.

These findings suggest that the ICT-based monitoring system has the potential to be an effective tool in promoting physical activity and improving patient outcomes during hospitalization.

The success of this study lays the groundwork for future clinical trials to further explore the efficacy of educational interventions using ICT in enhancing the physical activity and overall physical function of in-hospital patients, the researchers concluded.

Reference
Yamashita M, Kamiya K, Hamazaki N, et al. Effects of Acute Phase Intensive Physical Activity (ACTIVE-PA) Monitoring and Education for Cardiac Patients: Pilot Study of a Randomized Controlled Trial. J Med Internet Res. 2023;25:e42235. doi: 10.2196/42235. PMID: 38117552.

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