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Pokémon-Go: Why Augmented Reality Games offer insights for enhancing public health Interventions on obesity-related diseases


Wong, MC and Turner, P and Macintyre, K and Yee, KC, Pokemon-Go: Why Augmented Reality Games offer insights for enhancing public health Interventions on obesity-related diseases, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 241 pp. 128-133. ISSN 0926-9630 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-794-8-128


Stimulating widespread interests of the population to participate in behavioural changes through information and technology has been an aim of much health informatics research. The recent widespread participation of the augmented reality game Pokémon Go which encourages exercises, provides significant insights into the potential of information technology to improve healthcare intervention on obesity-related disease. Does Pokémon Go point to another way of achieving health benefits using mobile devices? This paper analyses the features of Pokémon Go in relation to potential health benefits. This paper suggests from the perspective of a user on changes to the game that potentially could help with obesity, mental health cardiovascular health and vitamin D deficiencies. While the impact of augmented reality games on improving exercises might be substantial, the question of sustainability and likely long-term health outcomes remain debatable. The rapid uptake of Pokémon Go by the population around the world, however, should serve as a useful lesson for information and technological design to improve outcomes obesity-related diseases in the future.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:obesity, cardiovascular health, augmented reality, ehealth intervention, auto-ethnography
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Preventative health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health outcomes
UTAS Author:Wong, MC (Dr Ming Wong)
UTAS Author:Turner, P (Associate Professor Paul Turner)
UTAS Author:Macintyre, K (Dr Kate Macintyre)
UTAS Author:Yee, KC (Dr Kwang Yee)
ID Code:120517
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2017-08-28
Last Modified:2018-09-11
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