Fitbit®: An accurate and reliable device for wireless physical activity tracking

Diaz, Keith M.; Krupka, David J.; Chang, Melinda J.; Peacock, James; Ma, Yao; Goldsmith, Jeff; Schwartz, Joseph E.; Davidson, Karina W.

Although physicians recognize the importance of physical activity in the prevention and maintenance of chronic diseases, few incorporate physical activity counseling into routine clinic visits. One major barrier has been the paucity of means to objectively assess patient's long-term physical activity patterns. We investigated if the Fitbit®, one of the most common wireless physical activity trackers in the consumer market, met reasonable validity and reliability standards such that they could be used by primary care physicians to monitor their patient's physical activity objectively between clinic visits.

Physical activity; Validation; Activity monitoring; Accelerometer; Walking; Fitbit


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International Journal of Cardiology

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Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health
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November 10, 2016