According to the latest findings from research conducted by Pew, Americans are particularly fond of tracking their own health information. They’re just not making the most of mobile and digital resources to do so.
“This is the first national survey measuring health data tracking, which has been shown in clinical studies to be a tool for improving outcomes, particularly among people trying to lose weight or manage a chronic condition,” the report reads.
69% of U.S. adults track a health indicator for themselves or a loved one, Pew finds. And a large number of these individuals credit this activity with changing their overall approach to health.
The findings of the research, published in the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, point to weight, diet, and exercise routines as the aspects of health that are primarily monitored by the survey respondents.
Another 33 percent track blood pressure, sleep patterns and headaches.
Pointing to room for improvement in mHealth and digital resource adoption, 49% of trackers say they keep track of progress chiefly “in their heads.” 34% admit to tracking data on paper in notebooks and journals.
Only 21% of those surveyed reveal the use of technology (mobile device, app, spreadsheet, website, etc.) to track their health data.
The affinity for health data tracking among Americans bodes favorably for the continued growth in mHealth adoption nationwide.
“The explosion of mobile devices means that more Americans have an opportunity to start tracking health data in an organized way,” says Susannah Fox, an associate director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project.
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