Using the mobile app for iPhone and Apple Watch, available free in Apple’s App Store, those with concussion will track their symptoms during the 6 weeks following their diagnosis.
During the study, conducted by NYU Langone’s Concussion Center research team, participants will complete three daily tasks: a five-question survey that captures symptoms, including balance issues, blurred vision, and drowsiness; a 6-minute walk test; and tasks to measure concentration, explains a media release from NYU Langone Medical Center.
The app incorporates the Apple-designed ResearchKit software framework, which helps enable researchers gather data from participants more easily and accurately using iPhone, and helps individuals to take part in studies using their mobile devices, the release adds.
“By tracking these measurements among concussion patients on a daily basis, instead of every 1 to 2 weeks at their appointments, this app and the related research project will let us assess current treatment protocols in ways not before possible, including greater understanding of how a patients concussion symptoms improve over the course of their recovery,“ says study investigator Paul Testa, MD, chief medical information officer at NYU Langone, in the release.
For more information on the Concussion Tracker app and to participate in the study, visit NYU Langone Medical Center.
[Source(s): NYU Langone Medical Center, PR Newswire]