Engaging adolescents in a computer-based weight management program: avatars and virtual coaches could help

Conclusions This study provides evidence supporting the use of avatars and virtual agents, designed using participatory approaches, to be included in the continuum of care. Increased probability of engagement and long-term retention of overweight, obese adolescent users and suggests expanding current chronic care models toward more comprehensive, socio-technical representations.
Source: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Research and Applications Source Type: research

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