Call for participants in research study on activity and pain

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Posted on the 14th July 2017

Researchers at The University of Manchester are looking for participants for an upcoming research study looking at the relationship between activity and pain.

Koalap (Knee OA: linking activity and pain) is a collaborative sub-study developed in partnership with Google Android Wear that is exploring how smartwatch technology might help us to better understand the relationship between activity and pain.

Building on the research initiated by the Cloudy with a Chance of Pain project looking at the association between weather and chronic pain; Koalap will allow the research team to get a closer look at the relationship between knee OA symptoms and activity, by gathering passive activity data from smartwatches and using information collected from self-reported questionnaires.

No personal data relating to the study participants is shared with Google.

Who can take part?

The project invites men or women to join the Cloudy and Koalap projects who:

  •  have diagnosed knee osteoarthritis;
  • are over the age of 50;
  • live in the Greater Manchester area;
  • own a smartphone
  • have had pain for three months or more;

What will the research involve?

  • Wearing a smartwatch for three months (this can be removed at night).
  • Answer short daily, weekly and monthly questionnaires on the watch and on a smartphone app.
  • Attending the University of Manchester on two occasions to:
    • receive a watch and to be inducted onto the study (on 12, 13 or 14 September)
    • return the watch (December, exact dates to be confirmed).

To find out more information about this study including information on how to apply, please click here

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