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Smartphone technology to monitor physical activity among medical students and its association with mental distress

Authors:

Yasodha Dissanayake,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences
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Janith Warnasekara ,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences
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Suneth Agampodi

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
About Suneth
Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences
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Abstract

With the advancement of technology, smartphones have become a widely available tool in day-to-day activities. However, the feasibility of using technology for monitoring physical activities is not well described. A cross-sectional longitudinal study was conducted among fourth-year medical undergraduates of the Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. Students were invited to install the “Pacer” android app, a smartphone pedometer application to their smartphones. By using the application, daily footstep counts were recorded by them for a period of one week. Data were collected from 45 medical undergraduates (26 females, 19 males). The mean daily steps count of participants was 5444.6 (SD-2132.8) with a range of 2132.8 to 12709.4. None of the participants reached the required step count every day. Students residing in their own homes had a lower step count. The students who had distress or anxiety disorders had low step counts compared to the other students.  

How to Cite: Dissanayake, Y., Warnasekara, J. and Agampodi, S., 2022. Smartphone technology to monitor physical activity among medical students and its association with mental distress. Anuradhapura Medical Journal, 16(2), pp.29–32. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/amj.v16i2.7702
Published on 15 Jul 2022.
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