Promoting Occupational Health through Gamification and E-Coaching: A 5-Month User Engagement Study

Chao Zhang (Corresponding author), Pieter Van Gorp, M.A. Derksen, Raoul C.Y. Nuijten, Wijnand A. IJsselsteijn, Alberto Zanutto , Fabio Melilo, Roberto Pratola

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: Social gamification systems have shown potential for promoting healthy lifestyles, but applying them to occupational settings faces unique design challenges. While occupational settings offer natural communities for social interaction, fairness issues due to heterogeneous personal goals and privacy concerns increase the difficulty of designing engaging games. We explored a two-level game-design, where the first level related to achieving personal goals and the second level was a privacy-protected social competition to maximize goal compliance among colleagues. The solution was strengthened by employing occupational physicians who personalized users’ goals and coached them remotely. The design was evaluated in a 5-month study with 53 employees from a Dutch university. Results suggested that the application helped half of the participants to improve their lifestyles, and most appreciated the role of the physician in goal-setting. However, long-term user engagement was undermined by the scalability-motivated design choice of one-way communication between employees and their physician. Implications for social gamification design in occupational health are discussed
Originele taal-2Engels
Aantal pagina's17
TijdschriftInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Nummer van het tijdschrift6
StatusGepubliceerd - 2 mrt. 2021


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