Smartphones and the Sixth Vital Sign

Project Summary

A team of students led by Janet Bettger and an interdisciplinary team with the 6th Vital Sign Study will use Census and other public data to examine the representativeness of people who participated in this smartphone based population health study. Students will design an online interactive map and other web-based tools that can be easily updated with new study participants illustrating key relationships such as health status with rurality, medical service availability, and sociodemographics. The online tools will be used to direct education efforts on the importance of walking speed as a marker of health and as the sixth vital sign. Findings from the data analysis will be used by GANDHI to direct scale-up of smartphone based research in target geographic areas and with specific population subgroups such as older adults and those with chronic illness.

Themes and Categories
Paul Bendich

Disciplines Involved: PreMed/PreHealth, Geography, BME, all quantitative STEM

Project Lead: Janet Bettger

Project Manager: TBD

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