Applying wearable activity trackers in patient populations

...do they increase activity levels in patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases?

Short-term adherence to wearable activity trackers is high in people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. In this population, interventions using wearable activity trackers are effective to increase physical activity levels, leading to an increase of 1,520 steps per day. Symptoms do not worsen with short term use of wearable activity trackers though pain increased slightly in long-term interventions.


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