NewsletterDec22 Peter de Looff receives ZonMW research fellowship

12 December 2022

The combination of traditional psychosocial treatment interventions and physiological measurements (heart rate, movement and temperature) using wearables, gives opportunities to improve forensic psychiatric treatments. Unfortunately most (commercial) wearables have privacy- and reliability constraints and offer little flexibility to visualise physiological and psychosocial information. Recently we constructed an open source software program (E4 dashboard) to tackle these constraints. Together with the patient, clinicians are able to make a personal profile to show the physiological reactions on day-to-day stressors influencing (mental) health. We now have the unique opportunity to add information about sleep, stress and activity to the E4 dashboard based on a large-scale study (Healthy Brain Study). This offers innovative and personalised insights that may contribute to (mental) health and the success of treatment of our patients.  

In a low-key way E4 dashboard gives patients insight in the physical stress reactions to daily events and gives them the opportunity to, together with their practitioner, look at and discuss which situations they find relaxing or stressful. The addition of information about sleep, stress and physical activity in the existing application gives the patient more tools to gain insight in factors that influence and improve (mental) health. 
In an early stage patients will be involved in the development of the user environment of E4 dashboard. This will be done in several sessions when the information about sleep, stress and physical activity has to be processed. They will be actively involved in the design of E4 dashboard. Also they will actively work on the implementation of the personalised studies to assess the added value of E4 dashboard. 

dr. P. de Looff, prof. dr. E. Hermans, dr. M. Dresler, prof. dr. D. Thijssen, dr. L. Overbeek