Mental disorders like depression and bipolar disorder impose a very high societal burden in terms of cost, lost productivity, morbidity, suffering, and mortality, and is a leading cause of disability and disease burden worldwide. According to EU, depression-related diseases are among the most pressing public health concern today, and account for more than 7% of all estimated health and premature mortality costs in Europe, only exceeded by heart disease and cancer. According to WHO, mental health is the fastest growing chronic disease and is one of the leading causes to disability worldwide.
In this talk I will present our research into the design of personal health technologies for patients suffering from mental disorders. Based on research done as part of the EU-funded MONARCA project, I will present the user-centred design of the technology and present results from clinical pilot trials. I will also share our experience in being part of “real” randomized clinical trial that seeks to establish clinical evidence for the efficacy of personal health technology in improving treatment outcome. I will reflect upon the challenges of combining a user-centred, agile, flexible design process with a rigours clinical trial.
Jakob E. Bardram is a professor at the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) where he directs the Pervasive Interaction Technology Laboratory (PIT Lab). His research interests include Ubiquitous Computing, Object Oriented Software Architecture; and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). He co-founded the companies Cetrea (pervasive computing technology for hospitals) and Monsenso (personal health technology for mental disorders). He has co-edited a book on Pervasive Healthcare and a special issue on Pervasive Healthcare in the IEEE Trans. on Information Technology in Biomedicine. He has served on numerous program and organizing committees for both ACM and IEEE conferences, and was the chair for UBICOMP’10. Dr. Bardram was awarded the 2012 Informatics Europe Curriculum Award for the ‘Pervasive Computing Curriculum’ that he runs at ITU.