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Title: The state of wearable health technologies : a transdisciplinary literature review
Authors: Li, Caining
Lin, Sapphire H.
Chib, Arul
Keywords: Social sciences::Communication
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Li, C., Lin, S. H. & Chib, A. (2021). The state of wearable health technologies : a transdisciplinary literature review. Mobile Media and Communication, 9(2), 353-376.
Journal: Mobile Media and Communication
Abstract: This review evaluated transdisciplinary empirical research on wearable health technologies using the input-mechanism-output model and addressed a major concern relating to the invasiveness of wearables. The dataset consisted of 250 published papers that investigated wearables for health-related purposes. Papers focused on technological inputs and health output factors, de-emphasizing theoretical mechanisms that could effectively translate the former into the latter. The lack of transdisciplinary research in the field is limiting both identification of effectiveness and evidence of beneficial health outcomes, with a considerable divide between technologists and public health researchers. Privacy concerns relate to increasing trends in collecting data for mental health and physical health, with the latter escalating exponentially. Invasiveness of wearables has increased over time in terms of collected signals and the derived health information, monitoring both users and their social and physical environments. We conclude with reflections for conceptual development, commercial application and policy regulation.
ISSN: 2050-1579
DOI: 10.1177/2050157920966023
Schools: Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information 
Rights: © The Author(s) 2020. All rights reserved.
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