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Our Research 454x276-2One of the Network's aims is to showcase digital health that is currently being conducted at King's. If you are conducting research in this field and would like it to be listed here, you can submit a form.

A&H: Metric Life

The ongoing project, Metric Life, addresses the growing trend of digital self-tracking and fitness monitoring, which has become prevalent in recent years. Drawing on empirical research and theoretical analysis, the project aims to provide critical insights into the dynamics and implications of this rising culture of self-monitoring and health management, enabled by the rapid spread of tracking devices and apps in everyday life. The project is managed by Dr Btihaj Ajana from Digital Humanities and has been supported by a Marie Curie (COFUND) Fellowhsip, which was undertaken by Ajana at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies in 2015-2017.

Watch project film "Quantified Life" here.

Follow project updates on: @MetricLife

More information about Metric Life can be found here.

FNFNM: The Lync Study

Jackie Sturt

Research Grant:  

Griffiths F (co-PI), Sturt J (Co-PI), Matharu H, Barker J, Dowdall P, Sutcliffe P et al. Improving health outcomes for young people with long term conditions: the role of digital communication in current and future patient-clinician communication for NHS providers of specialist clinical services (The LYNCs study) HS&DR  £809,487.00 01/05/14 - 30/07/17


The LYNC study is a collaboration between Warwick Medical School and King’s College London and has completed the first investigation into the use, impact, ethics, safety and cost of using email, text and SKYPE by 16-24yrs olds living with a long term condition to communicate with their health care team. Access to health care, at a time that was important for the young person, made a positive difference to how they managed their health and condition (1). A LYNC study e-book supports NHS use of digital consulting (2). We collaborated with Face Front inclusive theatre and Fellow productions in an R&D project to host an online interactive forum theatre production (3). We told the stories of Tunday, 24yrs old with Sickle Cell disease, Sophie, 17yrs with type 1 diabetes and Abdul, 21yrs with depression. Fifty people pre-registered via social media adverts, 30 people attended and all remained online for 2hrs. This R&D event proved that online interactive forum theatre is technically possible and creatively and clinically stimulating. Two of these films have been professionally filmed on location and appear on the project website.

  1. The first published paper from the LYNC study:  

Griffiths F, Bryce C, Cave J, Dritsaki M, Fraser J, Hamilton K, Caroline H, Ignatowicz A, Kim SW, Kimani P, Madan J, Anne-Marie S, Sujan M, Sturt J. Timely digital patient-clinician communication in specialist NHS clinical services serving young people: findings from a mixed methods study (The LYNC study). J Med Internet Res 2017. April. 19 (4): doi:10.2196/jmir.7154 

  1. The LYNC study Quick Reference Guide e-book for use by clinical teams to support their service planning towards digital consulting.  

  1. NHS Going Digital promotional video from the Online Forum theatre production in Dec 2016.

FNFNM: The Women’s Wellness with Diabetes Project

 Jackie Sturt 

Research Grant:  

Anderson D (co-PI), Sturt J (co-PI), McGuire A, Tjondronegoro D, Song W, Seib C, Dennick K. The Women’s Wellness with Diabetes Program: A Feasibility Study. Diabetes Queensland. A$49,963. 01.01.16-31.12.17  


The Women’s Wellness with Diabetes project is a collaboration between King’s College London and Menzies Research Institute, Queensland. The study is an 100% online feasibility trial delivering a wellness programme for midlife women living with type 2 diabetes to prevent secondary complications of diabetes. Thirty women in Australia and 30 women in the UK have been recruited. The entire intervention and the research protocol is delivered online. Participants undertake research interviews, anthropometric data collection and self-administered questions via SKYPE and an online portal. The intervention is delivered via web and e-book based resources and SKYPE consultations with a diabetes nurse. Australian and British women engaged on an online participant forum. Recruitment completed 01.08.17, follow up data collection will complete 30.11.17 and funded deadline for study completion is 31.12.17. The next stage in the research is to identify funding to undertake a measurement accuracy study of the SKYPE anthropometric data collection and to apply for trial funding to determine effectiveness for increasing physical activity levels and reducing weight.  


The project website can be found here.

IOPPN: Aqoon

'Aqoon' (which means 'knowledge' in Somali) is a medical student peer-to-peer global mental health e-learning partnership between the UK and Somaliland co-founded by Roxanne Keynejad. It continues today but the model has evolved to make use of the World Health Organization (WHO)'s mental health gap action programme (mhGAP) intervention guide and problem-based learning (PBL). Pilot results from this new model have recently been published in the BMJ group journal, Evidence-Based Mental Health, in its digital special issue:

information about Aqoon can be found here.

IOPPN: Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse in the Central Nervous System

Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse in the Central Nervous System (RADAR-CNS) is a collaborative research project examining if remote measurement technologies (wearable devices/smartphone sensors) can help measure clinical state and predict outcomes in people with epilepsy, multiple sclerosis or major depressive disorder. 

The project website can be found here.

IOPPN: Sleepsight

This project captures the 'digital phenotype' - patterns of activity and interaction - via harnessing sensors embedded within smartphones and wearable devices to infer an individual's clinical status. Participants are asked to participate in a 12 month study, completing daily questionnaires about their sleep and symptom levels. The research should provide insight in how changes in sleep pattern relate to changes in wellbeing. More information can be found here.

SSPP: Health on the Move

Health on the Move - Exploring the social, political and ethical underpinnings of portable devices for healthcare and lifestyle (PI Dr Federica Lucivero). More information can be found here.

SSPP: Social, Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of 'Citizen Science' in Biomedicine and Health Care

This project looks at how citizen science in the field of medicine is situated within the broader context of technology-driven changes in sharing practices, forms of scientific labour, scientific citizenship and research organisation. More information can be found here.


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