health and wellbeing

Digital health wearables for the person being cared for: a survey

Sleep patterns shown on the dashboard of the digital health wearable (photo courtesy: Dr. Duncan Banks)

We would like to know about your perceptions of using digital health wearables for monitoring the health and activity of the people you care for. It is not necessary for you to have used such devices for the people you are caring for to participate in this survey. Your inputs will help us to understand how similar health wearables could be effectively used if they became a part of healthcare: caring, monitoring and self-management of health.

Our current focus is on activity trackers (e.g. wrist-bands from Fitbit or Jawbone, or smart watches from Apple or Samsung), which track daily fitness levels such as heart rate, sleep patterns, or calories expended.

As a part of the Sir Halley Stewart Trust-funded Digital health wearables project ( at The Open University, UK, we are running a survey: please visit or to participate in this survey.

The survey will take 6-8 minutes to complete it.

Since these devices are not yet designed to accurately analyse data from wheel-chair usage, if you could fill up this survey only if you are caring for somebody who is mobile and not wheel-chair bound.

The university’s Human Research Ethics Committee has approved the project’s research design. If you have any queries about the project or this survey, please contact Professor Shailey Minocha:

PhD Studentships - Health and Wellbeing Pathway: ESRC Grand Union Doctoral Partnership

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There are full-time and part-time PhD studentships available at The Open University, UK as a part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Grand Union Doctoral Partnership.

The details of studentships are available here

This webpage on University's website has links to descriptions for each of the six research pathways. In the description of Health and Wellbeing pathway, there is a strand on Ageing and Later Life and also some cross-cutting themes.  If you are interested in the Ageing and Later Life strand and these cross-cutting themes listed below, please contact me:

  • digital health literacy,
  • role of wearable activity monitoring technologies and digital health wearables in self-management and self-monitoring of health and in remote healthcare,
  • design of digital healthcare technologies for older people,
  • role of social networking platforms in addressing the social isolation and loneliness in older people,
  • role of virtual reality in healthcare, and
  • digital (medical) education initiatives for healthcare staff through simulations in virtual reality and 3D virtual worlds.

Our related ongoing Sir Halley Stewart-funded project on digital health wearables for older people is described here

We have an ongoing PhD project related to digital health literacy: 'Digital health literacy for older people: Investigating the motivations, challenges and experiences.'

This web-page and the blog on this website have further details/resources on our projects/initiatives related to the themes listed above.  

The deadline for applying for studentships is 20 January 2017.