DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University’s Center for Research in Autoimmunity and Multiple Sclerosis (DREAMS Center) has launched the MS Mosaic Study, an Apple ResearchKit study that uses mobile technology to understand why some people with multiple sclerosis experience different symptoms than others, and why symptoms and side effects can vary over time.
MS Mosaic is an iPhone app that uses a mix of surveys and tasks that use phone sensors or wearable devices to collect and track the user’s health and symptoms of MS. The insights gained from this study may help customize symptom management and perhaps eventually influence all MS care, the researchers said on the MS Mosaic website.
The study’s goals are: To learn about the variations of MS; to improve the way MS is described and managed; to learn how mobile devices and sensors can help the DREAMS Center measure MS and its progression; and to ultimately improve the quality of life for people with MS.
Study participants will receive notices on their phone asking to complete the surveys and tasks like walking 25 steps, turning around, then walking 25 steps back, while holding their iPhone to assess gait; tapping on the iPhone screen repeatedly to test motor speed and coordination; moving a virtual peg across their phone screen; and playing a short pattern game to assess short-term memory.