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Use of Wearable Monitoring Devices to Change Health Behavior—Reply

Mitesh S. Patel, MD, MBA, MS1; David A. Asch, MD, MBA1; Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD1
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1Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
JAMA. 2015;313(18):1865-1866. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3542.
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In Reply Drs Farmer and Tarassenko describe concerns over the role of passive vs active monitoring of individual behaviors as well as the ability to implement interventions that use concepts from behavioral economics. We agree with the notion that active self-monitoring is likely to have more of an effect on an individual’s behavior than passive self-monitoring, especially if that engagement arises from intrinsic motivation. We also agree that potential use of specific types of active self-monitoring differ based on the individual’s clinical and social characteristics and setting.


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May 12, 2015
Maria Jose Miguez-Burbano, MD, PhD; Emma Ergon, PhD
1School of Integrated Science and Humanity, Florida International University, Miami
JAMA. 2015;313(18):1865. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3530.
May 12, 2015
Andrew Farmer, DM, FRCGP; Lionel Tarassenko, FMedSci, MA
1Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, England
2Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Oxford, England
JAMA. 2015;313(18):1864-1865. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3536.
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