Supporting psychiatric treatment and therapy of unipolar depression through the use and application of health enabling technologies


Corinna Mielke

Project partners

Klinik für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik
Städtisches Klinikum Braunschweig
Salzdahlumer Straße 90
38126 Braunschweig


The study "Support for psychiatric treatment and therapy of unipolar depression through the use of assistive health technologies (PsyAGT)" aims to characterise the motor activity, movement patterns and overall behaviour of a total of 25 inpatients with unipolar depression using ambient and body-related sensor technology, and thus contributing to the identification of predictors of relapse in patients with depression. The study is a prospective, non-randomized, monocentric observational study, in which the use of health-enabling technologies will be investigated with regard to possible correlations between sensor-based data and symptoms, the severity of the diseases as well as individual parameters of depression and the observation of the development of psychiatric symptoms, the course of therapy and the efficiency of therapy (primary objective). Furthermore, the technical feasibility and the casuistic description of the recorded sensor data, the suitability of these sensor data for the early detection and assessment of the course of mental illnesses as well as the assessment of whether the use of sensors provides added value for physicians and therapists in the diagnosis and therapy of these illnesses is to be investigated, as well as the acceptance of the technology.