Can a Theory-Informed Interactive Animation Increase Intentions to Engage in Physical Activity in Young People with Asthma?

  • Jennifer Murray
  • Brian Williams
  • Gaylor Hoskins
  • Silje Skar
  • John McGhee
  • Dylan Gauld
  • Gordon Brown
  • Shaun Treweek
  • Falko Sniehotta
  • Linda Cameron
  • Aziz Sheikh
  • Suzanne Hagen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8512)


A theoretically-informed interactive animation was developed, using themes drawn from psychology, sociology, applied health research, and narrative theory, which aimed to encourage young people with asthma to engage in physical activity. The animation was evaluated using qualitative and quantitative methods. A web-based Interactive Modelling Experiment was used to evaluate whether the animation was effective in three key areas: knowledge about asthma, inhaler use, and intention to increase physical activity. One-to-one interviews and focus groups were used to evaluate the acceptability of the animation and whether the theoretical basis was effective. Preliminary qualitative findings indicate good acceptability and perceived effectiveness. The quantitative findings are less clear, with a change in simulated activity and inhaler use being found, but with no clear association between these changes and the animation itself. Future work will be carried out to established whether these levels of acceptability and perceived effectiveness are actually translated into behaviour change.


Asthma interactive animation wIME theory-informed multidisciplinary 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Murray
    • 1
  • Brian Williams
    • 2
  • Gaylor Hoskins
    • 2
  • Silje Skar
    • 2
  • John McGhee
    • 3
  • Dylan Gauld
    • 4
  • Gordon Brown
    • 5
  • Shaun Treweek
    • 6
  • Falko Sniehotta
    • 7
  • Linda Cameron
    • 8
  • Aziz Sheikh
    • 9
  • Suzanne Hagen
    • 10
  1. 1.School of Life, Sport and Social SciencesEdinburgh Napier UniversityEdinburghScotland
  2. 2.Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research UnitUniversity of StirlingStirlingScotland
  3. 3.College of Fine Arts, University of New South WalesAustralia
  4. 4.Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and DesignUniversity of DundeeDundeeScotland
  5. 5.Asthma UK Scotland, EdinburghScotland
  6. 6.Health Services Research UnitUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenScotland
  7. 7.Newcastle UniversityNewcastleEngland
  8. 8.University of California MercedCaliforniaUSA
  9. 9.The University of EdinburghEdinburghScotland
  10. 10.Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research UnitGlasgow Caledonian, UniversityGlasgowScotland

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