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International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 162673, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/162673
Research Article

Experience-Sampling Methodology with a Mobile Device in Fibromyalgia

1Labpsitec, Universitat Jaume I, Avenida Sos Baynat s/n, 12071 Castellón de la Plana, Spain
2CIBER Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition CIBERobn, CB06/03, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain

Received 13 February 2012; Revised 6 September 2012; Accepted 10 September 2012

Academic Editor: Zia Agha

Copyright © 2012 Castilla Diana et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This work describes the usability studies conducted in the development of an experience-sampling methodology (ESM) system running in a mobile device. The goal of the system is to improve the accuracy and ecology in gathering daily self-report data in individuals suffering a chronic pain condition, fibromyalgia. The usability studies showed that the developed software to conduct ESM with mobile devices (smartphones, cell phones) can be successfully used by individuals with fibromyalgia of different ages and with low level of expertise in the use of information and communication technologies. 100% of users completed the tasks successfully, although some have completely illiterate. Also there seems to be a clear difference in the way of interaction obtained in the two studies carried out.