Motivational Psychology for Digital Health Interventions
February 22, 2017 — 04:00PM EST - 05:00PM EST
Orange County Convention Center
Between smartphone apps, wearable devices and online programs, digital health interventions are ubiquitous. But there is no easy way for the average patient, provider or benefits administrator to identify which of these interventions will produce results and engage the user.
That’s where a motivational design framework comes in. By looking back at lessons from psychology on how to engage people by supporting their fundamental needs, we are able to evaluate digital health interventions based on their power to motivate behavior change. Applying this research to both the design and selection of interventions helps us to create better, more effective products and triage people to the tools that best fit their preferences and needs. In doing so, we can drive improvements in quality and patient satisfaction that eventually lead to greater health and happiness.
Describe the main universal human needs of autonomy, competence and relatedness that drive intrinsic motivation to engage with interventions and health behavior change
Describe how the tenets of self-determination theory would influence the design of concrete features, functionality and language in digital health interventions if applied to enhance patient engagement and outcomes
Evaluate digital health interventions using the framework of self-determination theory to determine their ability to engage users and drive lasting behavior change