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Early warning wearable device project

Knee pain and/or diabetic peripheral neuropathy are common clinical problems. Both conditions result in a disruption to how people move, making them more likely to be physically inactive, have difficulties with activities of daily living such as walking and stair climbing and be at higher risk of falling.

With an aging population the number of people suffering with these problems is predicted to increase causing greater burden and costs to society and the health service. The aim of this study is to develop a new smart health solution which will be a home-based intelligent rehabilitation and monitoring platform, using over the counter technology. This will be driven by computer algorithms that can compile information about how people move, symptoms and clinical data to personalise the rehabilitation to the individual.

This study will measure people's movement, symptoms and self-reported health data over time. There will be two parts to data collection. In part 1 individuals will attend the university and have an in-depth assessment of how they move during everyday tasks using ‘gold-standard’ technology. This will be repeated after 2 weeks. In part 2 they will wear up to 3 sensors on their pelvis and legs as well as foot pressure insoles in their shoes for 2 hours a day whilst they are walking, exercising or performing activities of daily living. Individuals will also be asked to fill in questionnaires about their symptoms, general health and medications and experience of using the technology. We aim to recruit 183 individuals with musculoskeletal pain, diabetes and people with neither of these conditions.  

At the end of this study, we plan to have developed a home-based intelligent rehabilitation platform that will be ready to be tested in a trial to evaluate its full benefit and cost for patients with knee pain and diabetic peripheral neuropathy and the NHS.

Funding

This project is funded by The European Interreg France (Channel) England programme.

Lead Researchers

Dr Mohammad Al-Amri

Dr Mohammad Al-Amri

Senior Research Fellow

Email
al-amrim@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 206 87115
Dr Kate Button

Dr Kate Button

Reader

Email
buttonk@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 206 87734

Research theme

Physiotherapist works with patient on cardiorespiratory equipment

Optimising health through activity, lifestyles and technology

We carry out applied research that seeks to enable and promote healthy living for those experiencing a range of acute and chronic conditions, illnesses and injuries.