Björn Brogle's research while affiliated with Medical City Children’s Hospital and other places

Publications (15)

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Effective interventions for the prevention and treatment of child and adolescent obesity play an important role in reducing the global health and economic burden of non-communicable diseases. Although multi-component interventions targeting various health behaviors are deemed promising, evidence for their effectiveness is still limited. Self-regula...
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Background: Less than 2% of overweight children and adolescents in Switzerland can participate in multi-component behaviour changing interventions (BCI), due to costs and lack of time. Stress often hinders positive health outcomes in youth with obesity. Digital health interventions, with fewer on-site visits, promise health care access in remote re...
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Non communicable diseases (NCDs) the greatest global burden. Health personnel is strongly limited to address NCDs satisfactory and thus, scalable, cost- efficient and evidence-based digital health interventions are required. This research investigates how to increase therapy adherence with a digital coach in the everyday life of patients.
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Health professionals have limited resources and are not able to personally monitor and support patients in their everyday life. Against this background and due to the increasing number of self-service channels and digital health interventions, we investigate how text-based healthcare chatbots (THCB) can be designed to effectively support patients a...
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The open source platform MobileCoach (mobile-coach.eu) has been used for various behavioral health interventions in the public health context. However, so far, MobileCoach is limited to text message-based interactions. That is, participants use error-prone and laborious text-input fields and have to bear the SMS costs. Moreover, MobileCoach does no...
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Childhood obesity is one of the major disease patterns of the twenty-first century. Due to the need for multi-professional therapies requiring intensive personnel and financial resources, IT-supported interventions promise help. Meta analyses, however, show their limited impact on health outcomes up till now. The current work aims therefore to desi...
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Obesity is a global issue and has a direct impact on the public and private healthcare system. In this paper we describe the design and evaluation of a novel mobile health application that supports obese children and their parents to improve their nutrition intake. First results from quantitative app usage logs, questionnaires and interviews indica...
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The globally increasing prevalence of childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the twenty-first century. Du to the need for multi-professional therapies that require a high amount of personnel and financial resources, IT-supported interventions promise help. So far, meta-studies show their limited impact on health ou...
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Childhood obesity is becoming an alarming issu with implications affecting the society and the healthcare sector. In response, multi-professional programs with physical activity, nutritional and psychological components have been proposed. Still, du to limited resources only small number of patients can be included in these programs. Health informa...

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... Second, another limitation of our study concerns its limitation to German-speaking people ranging in age from 18 to 65 years only. Digital interventions addressing younger or older clients beyond this age range (eg, older people suffering from dementia [76] or younger clients with child obesity [116]) are likely to require different designs, content, and functionalities of the chatbot (research direction 3). For instance, the interpersonal relationship of an older client with cancer with a peer chatbot is likely to be of another kind than the relationship of a pregnant woman with a "pregnant" peer chatbot. ...
... Oh et al. [21] proposed a chatbot for psychiatric counseling in mental healthcare service that uses emotional intelligence techniques to understand user emotions by incorporating conversational, voice, and video/facial expression data. In another study, Kowatsch et al. [22] analyzed the usage of a text-based healthcare chatbot for the intervention of childhood obesity. Their observations revealed a good attachment bond between the participants and the chatbot. ...
... Mobile health applications denoted mHealth apps have become increasingly popular with researchers and clinicians as effective tools for improving health behaviors. Several open-source mHealth platforms are available, including schema (31), mHealthDroid (32), and MobileCoach (33). These platforms are mentioned here since they can cooperate with ML models in the situation where the model uses the data provided by the platform. ...
... In addition to nutrition intake planning, also patients' physical activities, relaxation and emotional self-regulation capabilities will be measured and integrated into IT-supported obesity interventions [9,18]. An evaluation of these services, including their effects on therapy outcomes such as the body mass index is in progress [24][25][26]. Finally, the app should be also released in the app-store allowing an even broader evaluation with a larger population of users in the wild [27]. ...
... The descriptive statistics and details with regard to the two primary research questions are shown inTable 1. Further empirical results of this study with a focus on other theoretical constructs such as perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, perceived enjoyment (of the overall mobile health app to improve health behavior) or the potential of the mobile health app to improve shared understanding and cross-understanding among patient and therapist with regard to obesity therapy are published in [9] and [22].Table 1 . Descriptive statistics of the pilot study (N=4). ...
... The PM app was developed with the MobileCoach open-source software for health interventions [18,19], aiming to support behavioural changes in accordance with state-ofthe-art multi-component interventions. The effects of earlier versions of the PM app have been evaluated in longitudinal studies [20,21]. The gamified PM app included two chat channels ( Fig. 1): in the first channel, a conversational agent (virtual coach: Anna or Lukas) chatted with patients; in the other channel, HCP (human coaches) and patients were able to chat with each other [17]. ...
... Constructs of interest were adopted from technology acceptance research [31,32] and included perceived ease of use, perceived enjoyment, expected usefulness at home, intention to use and perceived relaxation after use. Consistent with prior work [33,34], a single item per construct was used to reduce the burden of the young patients. All items were anchored on 7-point Likert scales ranging from strongly disagree (-3) to strongly agree (3). ...
... Consequently, our research aims to address these shortcomings and thus, we decided to develop a novel mobile health app. As a first step, we focused on diet-related services as described in the remainder of this paper (complementary services are developed and described in [9] and [18]). ...