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The Design and Evaluation of Personalised Ambient Mental Health Monitors

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2 Author(s)
Blum, J.M. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci. & Math., Univ. of Stirling, Stirling, UK ; Magill, E.H.

Mobile and environmental sensing technology can be used to assess human behaviour and mental health trajectories outside of laboratories and in ecologically-relevant settings. To achieve maximum benefit, the set of equipment and the monitoring patterns must be personalised to respect individual needs and fit into individual lifestyles. We have developed a sensor network infrastructure for mobile phones and homecare using a rule-oriented programming architecture to monitor the activity signatures of people with Bipolar Disorder (BD). We believe that the use of this rule-based paradigm within the network for a mental health setting to be a contribution of this work. We are evaluating the effectiveness of the technology in an ongoing technical trial with control participants as a precursor to studying the effectiveness of the system for use with people with BD. In this paper, we report the design and development of the monitoring system along with preliminary findings from the technical trial of the system, and discuss future developments.

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Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (CCNC), 2010 7th IEEE

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9-12 Jan. 2010

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