Challenges of Incorporating Digital Health Technology Outcomes in a Clinical Trial: Experiences from PD STAT

Jacob Day, Stephen Leslie Smith, Alastair Noyce, Jane Elizabeth Alty, Alison Jeffery, Camille Carroll

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Digital health technologies (DHTs) have great potential for use as clinical trial outcomes; however, practical issues need to be addressed in order to maximise their benefit. We describe our experience of incorporating two DHTs as secondary/exploratory outcome measures in PD STAT, a randomised clinical trial of simvastatin in people with Parkinson’s disease. We found much higher rates of missing data in the DHTs than the traditional outcome measures, in particular due to technical and software difficulties. We discuss methods to address these obstacles in terms of protocol design, workforce training and data management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1605-1609
JournalJournal of Parkinson's Disease
Issue number5
Early online date20 Apr 2022
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2022

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