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van Gemert-Pijnen, Lisette (J.E.W.C.); Kelders, Saskia M.; Beerlage-de Jong, Nienke; Oinas-Kukkonen, Harri (2018) Persuasive health technology. In: van Gemert-Pijnen, L. (Ed.), Kelders, S. M. (Ed.), Kip, H. (Ed.), Sanderman, R. (Ed.). (2018). eHealth Research, Theory and Development. London: Routledge,

Persuasive health technology

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Author: van Gemert-Pijnen, Lisette (J.E.W.C.)1,2; Kelders, Saskia M.3,4; Beerlage-de Jong, Nienke5;
Organizations: 1University of Twente, The Netherlands
2University of Waterloo, Canada
3Centre for eHealth and Wellbeing Research of the University of Twente, The Netherlands
4North-West University, South Africa
5Department of Psychology, Health and Technology at the University of Twente
6University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Routledge, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-05-16


This chapter aims to describe persuasive health technology to help you understand the strategies that can improve the adherence to eHealth technologies and increase their effectiveness. We will show that technology can do more than only be appealing, as it can also be persuasive, and in this way be an excellent supporter for users to reach their own goals. The chapter starts with an introduction of persuasive technology and how this has been applied in the context of improving health and well-being. We then introduce the Persuasive Systems Design model and how it can be used to develop and evaluate eHealth technologies.

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ISBN: 978-1-315-38589-1
ISBN Print: 978-1-138-23042-2
Pages: 228 - 246
DOI: 10.4324/9781315385907
Host publication: eHealth Research, Theory and Development A Multi-Disciplinary Approach
Host publication editor: van Gemert-Pijnen, Lisette
Kelders, Saskia M.
Kip, Hanneke
Sanderman, Robbert
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Copyright information: © 2018 The Authors and Routledge.