Tracking Physical Activity in Young Adults with Heart Disease

Research Opportunity
Honours students
Number of Honour Places Available
Department / Centre
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Associate Professor Luke Burchill 0474168293 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Aneta Kotevski 90354090

Summary Activity trackers offer great potential for understanding physical activity at the population level. This novel research will provide insights into physical activity patterns in young adults with heart disease.

Project Details


There are currently more than 3 billion smartphone users worldwide (source : Newzoo), many of whom use smartphone based applications (‘apps’) to track their step count and other physical behaviors. The purpose of this feasibility study is to determine whether a smartphone tracking app can be used to support future clinical trials of physical activity (PA) in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD).


The overall aim of this project is to assess the clinical utility of an activity tracker (ie Fitbit) and a smartphone based tracking app in a cohort of young adults with congenital heart disease. Specific aims include assessment of (i) participant eligibility (ii) retention (iii) adherence (iv) safety and (v) user experience.

Study Population and Methods

Research participants will be young adults with congenital heart disease (N=20-30) recruited at the time of routine clinic visits. Inclusion criteria for this study are ACHD patients > 18 years attending an outpatient clinic, who own a smartphone or i-phone, who are independently mobile and able to provide consent.  The student will participate in all aspects of the study including participant recruitment and consent, activity tracker / smartphone app set-up, data ingestion, curation and analysis. Associations between clinical variables including objective measures of physical activity will be evaluated.


This study will help to determine whether activity trackers and smartphone based apps can be used to support a future clinical trial of physical activity promotion in adults with congenital heart disease. Successful completion of this project will lead to abstracts, scientific presentations and manuscript publications.

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes


Research Opportunities

Honours students
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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