Mobile-based Monitoring of Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, impacting an estimated seven to ten million people worldwide. It is commonly accepted that improving medication adherence alleviates symptoms and maintains motor capabilities. Not following the medication regimen (e.g., skipping or over-medicating) may worsen side-effects, which mislead clinicians and patients. We developed and evaluated a mobile application, STOP, for screening the PD symptoms and medication intake. It contains a game for tracking the PD symptoms, and a medication journal for recording medical intake and adherence. We conducted a 1-month long real-world deployment with 13 PD patients from two countries. We found that the application medication adherence tracking provides non-bias information, and users are receptive to share such data with their care and medical personnel.