Increasing Physical Activity in Cardiovascular Disease
“Behavioral Economic Approaches to Increase Physical Activity Among Patients With Elevated Risk for Cardiovascular Disease”
The objective of this study is to use a randomized, controlled trial to test the effectiveness of using gamification, financial incentives, or both to increase physical activity among patients with elevated risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). ASCVD is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of ASCVD, but less than 50% of US adults achieve enough physical activity to obtain these benefits.
Behavioral - Gamification
Participants have an 8-week ramp-up period where daily goals increase from baseline to the step target, and sign a pledge agreeing to try their best to meet their goals. Participants are entered into a game. Each week they receive 70 points. Each day they're told their step count and points. If the step goal was met they keep their points, but if not, they lose 10 points. At the end of the week if they have at least 40 points they move up a level, but if not, they drop a level. Participants star ...read more on ClinicalTrials.org
Behavioral - Financial
Participants are informed that each week money is placed in a virtual account for them. Each day the participant is informed of their step count on the prior day. If the step goal was achieved, the balance remains. Each day the goal is not achieved, the participant is informed that some of the money was taken away. We will use an 8-week ramp-up period in which daily goals are increased gradually from baseline to targets. During the follow-up period, participants in this arm will continue to rece ...read more on ClinicalTrials.org
Behavioral Economic Approaches to Increase Physical Activity Among Patients With Elevated Risk for Cardiovascular Disease