Can we use a smartphone application to frequently and objectively assess characteristics of Parkinson disease?
In this study, we plan to evaluate the feasibility, reliability, and overall value of a smartphone application as a novel, frequent, objective assessment of Parkinson disease (PD). This study has geographical constraints because participants are required to come into the University of Rochester Department of Neurology Westfall Road Clinic (in Rochester, NY) for assessments at baseline and approximately three and six months after the baseline assessment. We are looking to enroll ~100 participants, ~50 individuals with Parkinson disease and ~50 generally healthy individuals without Parkinson disease who have either an iPhone (Apple, Inc.) (versions 4s or higher) or an Android (Google, Inc.) smartphone. The study should last ~six months and participants who successfully complete the study will receive a $200 gift card.
Westfall Road Clinic (Rochester, NY)
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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (of the NIH)
In this study, we plan to evaluate the feasibility, reliability, and overall value of a smartphone application as a novel, frequent, objective assessment of Parkinson disease (PD). We are looking to enroll approximately 100 subjects, ~50 individuals with Parkinson disease and ~50 generally healthy individuals without Parkinson disease who have either an iPhone (Apple, Inc.) (versions 5 or higher) or an Android (Google, Inc.) smartphone. Your participation will last ~six months. You will be paid for study participation.
The primary purpose of this study is to see if we can use remote monitoring, through our smartphone application, to feasibly and accurately assess fluctuations in Parkinson disease symptoms. This technology may help us better understand the effects of Parkinson disease and may have the potential to improve quality of care for individuals with Parkinson disease in the future.
If you decide to take part in this study, you will be asked to come into the University of Rochester Department of Neurology Westfall Road Clinic (in Rochester, NY) for an initial baseline assessment and to return to the clinic at about three months and six months after the baseline assessment. At each of the three clinic visits, you will undergo standard clinical examinations, conducted by a neurologist, that will require you to answer questions related to Parkinson disease symptoms and to perform motor assessments (e.g., walking a short distance, standing up from and sitting down in a chair, tapping fingers). With these results, it will be possible to perform analyses to see how data obtained from the smartphone application correlates to standard clinical evaluation.
The study coordinator will help you download the application and will teach you how to complete the active tasks session at the initial baseline clinic visit. The active tasks session consists of brief activities that may involve, for example, walking (with the phone in your pocket), tapping images on the phone’s screen with two fingers, and a memory game. In addition to performing an active tasks session at the three clinic visits, you will be asked to complete the active tasks session three times per day throughout the six month study.
A secondary objective of this study is to quantify the effects that Parkinson disease may have on individual activity (i.e., steps), general mobility (i.e., distance traveled), and sociability. There is a passive monitoring feature of our smartphone application that utilizes the phones’ built-in accelerometer and GPS in an attempt to measure activity and mobility, respectively. For the Android application, this passive monitoring also includes a sociability-gauging feature that permits measurement of the number and frequency of text messages and voice calls (but NOT the actual content). You may turn these passive monitoring features off at any time throughout the study and your participation in the study will not be affected.