One third of all heart attacks in Australia are repeat events, they are more likely to result in death and are costly. Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) participants who have experienced a cardiac event are encouraged to meet the physical activity guidelines to help prevent repeat heart attacks. Yet, studies have found that their physical activity levels are low and sitting time is high, both during and after cardiac rehabilitation. In ToDo-CR we will develop and evaluate the impact of a behavioural smartphone app (Vire) and online behaviour change program (ToDo-CR) to decrease sitting time in cardiac rehabilitation participants.
The ToDo-CR program is an adaptation of Onmi’s Flex program. It uses personalised analytics to interpret important behavioural aspects (physical activity, situational context and social opportunity). The approach is unique in that it integrates ‘real time’ information in space (geographical location) for generating and suggesting context specific actionable micro behaviours (Do’s), based on Australian physical activity and cardiac rehabilitation guidelines. We will evaluate ToDo-CRs acceptance and ability to decrease sitting time in cardiac rehabilitation participants. If successful, ToDo-CR will be promoted as an adjunct to traditional cardiac rehabilitation and other clinical programs.
For this ToDo-CR research project Onmi is partnering with University of Canberra and Canberra Hospital. The ToDo-CR study was funded by Global Connections Fund. More information on bridging grants can be found on their website.