UCLA launches major mental health study collecting & analyzing data from Apple wearables to better understand depression and anxiety

Apple and UCLA kick off a three-year depression study (CNBC): UCLA on Tuesday said it is launching a three-year study to better understand how factors such as sleep, physical activity, heart rate and daily routines impact symptoms of depression and anxiety. UCLA is working with Apple to design the study, which will use data collected by the iPhone, Apple Watch and Beddit sleep-tracker … involves 150 participants recruited from among UCLA Health patients. From there, the next phases of the research will expand out to 3,000 participants from both the hospital and the student body. Study participants will download an app onto their iPhones, then receive a Beddit sleep monitor and an Apple Watch, which they can use throughout the study. … Outside of Apple and UCLA, there’s a growing interest in tapping into the data gleaned from smartphones and wearable devices — so-called “digital exhaust” — to determine how people are faring. For instance, companies like Mindstrong Health are looking into whether changes in how people type into a keyboard app can provide early insight into their mental health status. The Study: UCLA launches major mental health study to discover insights about depression (press release): The three-year study, which begins this week, was co-designed by researchers at UCLA and Apple to obtain objective measures of factors such as sleep, physical activity, heart rate and daily routines to illuminate the relationship bet...
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Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Behavioral Health Coronavirus and COVID-19 Mental Health Prevention Stress Source Type: blogs
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Source: Journal of General Internal Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research
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