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Systematic Review of the Use of Behaviour Change Techniques in Physical Activity eHealth Interventions for People with Cardiovascular Disease


Orlaith Duff, Deirdre Walsh, Bróna Furlong, Noel O'Connor, Kieran Moran, Catherine Woods

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Refereed Original Article
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of premature death and disability in Europe, accounting for four million deaths per year and costing the EU economy almost €196 billion annually. There is strong evidence to suggest that exercise-based secondary rehabilitation programmes can decrease the mortality risk and increase health among patients with CVD. Theory informed use of behaviour change techniques (BCTs) is important in the design of cardiac rehabilitation programmes aimed at changing cardiovascular risk factors. Electronic health (eHealth), is the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for health. This emerging area of healthcare has the ability to enhance self-management of chronic disease through making healthcare more accessible, affordable and available to the public. However, evidence-based information on the use of BCTs in eHealth interventions is limited, and particularly so for individuals living with CVD.
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Date Accepted for Publication: 
Saturday, 1 July, 2017
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Journal of Medical Internet Research
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Dublin City University (DCU)
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