A Paper-Based Intervention for Physical Therapy


I recently went through a couple of months with a terrible back problem resulting in physical therapy and a back procedure (out-patient).

Of course, I can’t help but look at all my experiences through a behavior design perspective! And, as usual, I heard from my physical therapists that they have a really tough time getting people to actually perform their PT exercises daily.

So I prepared this paper-based intervention to help them with new patients, and existing patients having trouble following through.

Big lesson? Most patients didn’t want to commit to actually doing the exercises! From further experience, the root problem is that medical care plans are VERY often impractical and very hard to understand. If you already know you’re not going to do it, why would you sign a commitment?

What do you think? What do you like? How could this be improved?

Feel free to use or modify…


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