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A Web-Based Non-Intrusive Ambient System to Measure and Classify Activities of Daily Living
by Reto A Stucki, Prabitha Urwyler, Luca Rampa, René Müri, Urs P Mosimann, Tobias Nef
(Published on 21 Jul 2014)
Background: The number of older adults in the global population is increasing. This demographic shift leads to an increasing prevalence of age-associated disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. With the progression of the disease, the risk for institutional care increases, which contrasts with the desire of most patients to stay in their home environment. Despite doctors’ and caregivers’ awareness of the patient’s cognitive status, they are often uncertain about its consequences on activities of daily living (ADL). To provide effective care, they need to know how patients cope with ADL, in particular, the estimation of risks associated with the cognitive decline. The occurrence, performance, and duration of different ADL are important...
Consensus on Use of the Term “App” Versus “Application” for Reporting of mHealth Research
by Thomas Lorchan Lewis, Matthew Alexander Boissaud-Cooke, Timothy Dy Aungst, Gunther Eysenbach
(Published on 17 Jul 2014)
The number of research studies published which focus on medical “applications” or “apps” continues to grow exponentially. Many academics use these terms interchangeably, however we believe that the discrepancy of terminology used may present a problem for future researchers to systematically identify and conduct appropriate literature searches. We believe it is now time for the mHealth research community to come to a universal consensus and reach a common standard on whether studies should refer to medical “apps” or “applications”. In this article we highlight a number of advantages that standardization of nomenclature will deliver. We also highlight a number of reasons why we believe that mHealth researchers should use the terminology: app [plural-apps]. We conclude by...

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