This week’s #OTalk Research is on the topic of “Apps and smart technology in research” and will be hosted by Leisle Ezekiel (@lezeki).
Here is what Leisle had to say………
Apps, smartphones, smartwatches and tablets are now part of everyday life for many people in the UK. Over 90% of people aged between 16 and 55 own a smartphone (Statista 2018) and whilst in the over 65s that percentage drops to 40%, it is increasing dramatically year on year (Ofcom 2018).
As a novice occupational therapy researcher and an early adopter of technology, I was convinced by the potential of apps both in research and in occupational therapy practice.
Apps and smartphones enable self tracking of a wide range of behaviours and experiences and are potentially less intrusive than more traditional methods. As well as capturing “in the moment experiences”, apps could deliver “in the moment interventions” and be of benefit to therapists in their assessment and intervention planning. It is unsurprising then that there is an increasing interest in the use of apps within research, both as a method of collecting data and as a way of delivering interventions.
For occupational therapists and the wider health arena, the use of apps and associated technology is a new landscape where health research overlaps with the world of app development. My personal experience of using apps in research has highlighted benefits as well as developing understanding of the potential ethical and practical challenges which can present, above and beyond those of more traditional research methods.
This week’s #OTalk will consider the following questions:
- What role do you think apps and smart technology can play in occupational therapy research?
- What do you consider to be the benefits of using apps and smart technology in occupational therapy research?
- What do you consider the barriers or risks of using apps and smart technology in research?
- What ethical considerations do we need to be aware of and overcome to use this technology in research?
- How can we improve and/or advance the use of apps and technology in occupational therapy research?
Ofcom (2017) Rise of social seniors revealed. Accessed on 15.10.18 at https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/rise-social-seniors
Statista (2018) UK: smartphone ownership by age from 2012-2018. Accessed on 15.10.18 at https://www.statista.com/statistics/271851/smartphone-owners-in-the-united-kingdom-uk-by-age/
Host: Leisle Ezekiel @lezeki
OTalk Support: @NikkiDanielsOT
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