Persuasive Virtual Communities to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle among Patients with Chronic Diseases

  • Eduardo Gasca
  • Jesus Favela
  • Monica Tentori
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5411)


The World Health Organization has declared obesity a world-wide epidemic. People with obesity have a higher risk to attain chronic diseases, high risk of premature death and a reduced quality of life. Recent studies have shown that persuasive technologies and virtual communities can promote healthy lifestyles. In this article, we describe the development of a Persuasive Ecosystem aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle in patients with a chronic disease that participate in a support group. The study was inspired in the results of a case study conducted in a hospital responsible for running this group. The results of a preliminary evaluation show an increased engagement of the patients with the program due to the use of the system.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eduardo Gasca
    • 1
  • Jesus Favela
    • 1
  • Monica Tentori
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceCICESE Research CenterEnsenadaMéxico

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