Effect of wearable technology-based physical activity interventions on breast cancer survivors’ physiological, cognitive, and emotional outcomes: A systematic review

Daphne S. Blount, Daniel J McDonough, Zan Gao

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Abstract

This systematic review synthesized all randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and controlled trials examining the effects of wearable health technology-based physical activity interventions on physiological, cognitive, and emotional outcomes in breast cancer survivors (BCS). We searched NCBI, Academic Search Premier, EMBASE, Web of Science, PubMed, and Medline from inception to March 2021. We included studies which: (1) were RCTs or controlled trials ≥8 weeks in duration; (2) were peer-reviewed and published in English; (3) sampled BCS in full remission and had not received treatment for at least six months; (4) utilized wearable health technology (e.g., Fitbit, Garmin xGC30); and (5) examined physiological, emotional, and/or cognitive outcomes. Sixty-six studies were identified and 14 were included in the review. Most of the observed effects were statistically significant and those which employed multi-component interventions generally yielded greater effects. Overall, the use of wearable health technology reduced sedentary behavior and increased moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity. Further, increased moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity was observed to be associated with increased perceived cognition and higher cognitive performance. Multiple studies also observed significant improvements in attitude, worry, and anxiety. Overall, findings suggested wearable health technology-based physical activity interventions to be effective for improving physical activity, attitude, and cognitive functions and for reducing sedentary behavior, anxiety, and worry in BCS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2015
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Volume10
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - May 8 2021

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Keywords

  • Activity tracker
  • Exercise
  • Health promotion
  • Randomized controlled trial
  • Sedentary behavior

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Review

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