The mHealth Approach
While society is currently rapidly transformed upon the “mobile revolution” along with wearables and according self-monitoring, mobile health (m-Health) applications for ADHD or its comorbid conditions are still in their infancy. Until a few years ago, state-of-the-art was characterized by studies used step counters to assess hyperactivity or sleep. However, the last years have shown considerable progress in monitoring ADHD, resulting in a broader coverage of symptoms, like impulsivity (Walerius et al, 2014), distraction, and emotional lability. Scientific studies using m-Health applications as a tool to monitor intervention in ADHD, however, are lacking.
At the very core of CoCA is a clinical trial of an easy-to-implement lifestyle modification to improve the outcome of ADHD between 14 and 30 years of age, the critical high risk period for the onset of SUD, mood and anxiety disorders and obesity. CoCA makes use of cutting edge mobile technology, generally viewed favorably by this age group, and thus will develop a m-Health application, which monitors physical activity, circadian rhythms, analyses the behaviour in real-time and provides encouraging feedback to the user to improve motivation by introducing a competitive element. This approach goes far beyond state-of-the-art; it will open up avenues into cost-effective self-learning applications that provide truly individualized therapy.
At the very core of CoCA is a clinical trial of an easy-to-implement lifestyle modification to improve the outcome of ADHD between 14 and 30 years of age