A critical review of consumer health devices for stress self-management

Jeon Lee, Mckenzie Bedra, Joseph Finkelstein

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Abstract

A number of consumer health devices have been advertised as effective means to manage individual stress. However, objective evidence of their efficacy is not readily available. We present a critical analysis of evidence related to efficacy of stress management devices based on comprehensive literature review and information provided by the vendors. The analysis was conducted along four dimensions: metrics, theoretical frameworks, evaluation, and FDA clearance. The review resulted in identification of critical issues including limited information on operational characteristics, controversial theoretical underpinnings, and lack of systematic evaluation. Efficacy of these consumer devices has yet to be established.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntegrating Information Technology and Management for Quality of Care
PublisherIOS Press
Pages221-224
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781614994220
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event12th International Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare, ICIMTH 2014 - Athens, Greece
Duration: Jul 10 2014Jul 13 2014

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume202
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Other

Other12th International Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare, ICIMTH 2014
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period7/10/147/13/14

Keywords

  • Consumer informatics
  • Mobile health
  • Self-monitoring
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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