The RADAR-CNS Epilepsy Study team based at King’s College London have this week recruited their first participants to Study 2. The Study 2 participants are asked to wear a wrist-worn device to measure various parameters including movement and heart rate. Their stress, mood and sleep will also be monitored with some active apps downloaded on mobile devices.
Study 2 is a multi-centre, prospective observational, non-randomised, non-interventional, cohort study in which 32 individuals with a diagnosis of epilepsy will use a wearable device and the RADAR-app for up to six months of follow-up.
Recruitment is taking place at King’s College Hospital in London, England and Uniklinik Freiburg in Freiburg, Germany.
The epilepsy study is hoping to discover if wearable devices can tell us:
- When someone has an epileptic seizure
- If wearable devices are user-friendly and acceptable to be used continuously and for a long time?
- Can stress, mood and sleep measured through smartphone apps indicate when seizures are more likely to happen?
Study 2 is focused on testing the devices that show the best results to monitor participants with epilepsy in their home environment. The aim will be to collect a set of daily measurements that can help predict and manage seizures at a distance.
Dr Elisa Bruno, a neurologist and the lead researcher for the RADAR-CNS Epilepsy study at King’s College London, says, “The Covid-19 pandemic delayed our recruitment but we’re happy to have recruited our first participants to our Study 2. We hope to have recruited all our participants by March 2021.”
The team are collecting data related to stress, mood, sleep and behaviour from smartphone apps. Participants’ feedback on the use of wearable devices and smartphone apps are collected via interviews and questionnaires.
This article was originally posted on: https://www.radar-cns.org/newsroom/epilepsy-study-2-recruitment-begins