Are we there yet? Feasibility of continuous stress assessment via wireless physiological sensors

Md Mahbubur Rahman, Rummana Bari, Amin Ahsan Ali, Moushumi Sharmin, Andrew Raij, Karen Hovsepian, Syed Monowar Hossain, Emre Ertin, Ashley Kennedy, David H. Epstein, Kenzie L. Preston, Michelle Jobes, Gayle Beck, Satish Kedia, Kenneth D. Ward, Mustafa Al'absiz, Santosh Kumar

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Abstract

Stress can lead to headaches and fatigue, precipitate addictive behaviors (e.g., smoking, alcohol and drug use), and lead to cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Continuous assessment of stress from sensors can be used for timely delivery of a variety of interventions to reduce or avoid stress. We investigate the feasibility of continuous stress measurement via two field studies using wireless physiological sensors - A four-week study with illicit drug users (n = 40), and a one-week study with daily smokers and social drinkers (n = 30). We find that 11+ hours/day of usable data can be obtained in a 4-week study. Significant learning effect is observed after the first week and data yield is seen to be increasing over time even in the fourth week. We propose a framework to analyze sensor data yield and find that losses in wireless channel is negligible; the main hurdle in further improving data yield is the attachment constraint. We show the feasibility of measuring stress minutes preceding events of interest and observe the sensor-derived stress to be rising prior to self-reported stress and smoking events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACM BCB 2014 - 5th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages479-488
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450328944
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 20 2014
Event5th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics, ACM BCB 2014 - Newport Beach, United States
Duration: Sep 20 2014Sep 23 2014

Publication series

NameACM BCB 2014 - 5th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics

Other

Other5th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics, ACM BCB 2014
CountryUnited States
CityNewport Beach
Period9/20/149/23/14

Keywords

  • Mobile health
  • Stress
  • Wireless physiological sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Biomedical Engineering

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