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Personalised Ambient Monitoring (PAM) of the mentally ill

Citation
James CJ, Crowe JA, Magill E, Brailsford SC, Amor JD, Prociow PA, Blum JM & Mohiuddin SG (2008) Personalised Ambient Monitoring (PAM) of the mentally ill In: Vander Sloten J, Verdonck P, Nyssen M, Haueisen J (ed.) 4th European Conference of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering: ECIFMBE 2008, 23–27 November 2008, Antwerp, Belgium, Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag. 4th European Conference of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering: ECIFMBE 2008, 23–27 November 2008, Antwerp, Belgium, 23.11.2008 - 27.11.2008, Antwerp, Belgium, pp. 1010-1013.

Abstract
One in ten of the (UK) population will suffer a disabling mental disorder at some stage in their life. Bipolar disorder is one such illness and is characterized by periods of depression or manic activity interspersed with stretches of normality. Some patients are able to manage this condition via their self-awareness that enables them to detect the onset of debilitating episodes and so take effective action. Such self management can be achieved through a paper-based process, although more recently PDAs have been used with success. This presentation will introduce the Personalised Ambient Monitoring (PAM) concept that aims to augment such processes by automatically providing and merging environmental details and information relating to personal activity. Essentially the PAM project is investigating what may be loosely referred to as ‘electronic' monitoring to automatically record ‘activity signatures' and subsequently use this data to issue alerts. The types of data that we are considering using includes: location and activity (e.g. via GPS and accelerometers); and environment (e.g. temperature and light levels). Other types of sensor under consideration are passive IR sensors (within the home); and sound processing to log the audio ‘environment'. The use of such monitoring will be agreed between the patient and their health care team and it is anticipated that different patients will be comfortable with different sensor packages, thus personalizing the monitoring. Although such tele-monitoring is now generally common, its use in the treatment of the mentally ill is still in its infancy. This paper will consider the specific problems faced in applying it to this community along with the aims of this project. In addition, the use of modelling to predict the effects of the possible problems of sparse data that is expected, and to predict the effect on the overall patient pathway will be considered.

Keywords
Activity monitoring; Actimetry; Tele-monitoring; Psychiatric illness; Bipolar disorder

Subject headings
Manic-depressive illness Therapy

StatusPublished
EditorVander Sloten J, Verdonck P, Nyssen M, Haueisen J
AuthorsJames Christopher J, Crowe John A, Magill Evan, Brailsford Sally C, Amor James D, Prociow Pawel A, Blum Jesse Michael, Mohiuddin Syed Golam
Title of seriesIFMBE Proceedings
Number in series22/8
Publication date2008
Date of public distribution23/11/2008
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
Place of publicationBerlin, Germany
ISSN of series 1680-0737
ISBN 978-3-540-89208-3
LanguageEnglish

Journal
4th European Conference of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (2008///)

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