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Valerii Kan, Dorina Rajanen, Kennedy Opoku Asare, and Denzil Ferreira. 2018. STOP: A Smartphone-based Game for Parkinson’s Disease Medication Adherence. In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Joint Conference and 2018 International Symposium on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Wearable Computers (UbiComp '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 373-376. DOI:

STOP : a smartphone-based game for Parkinson’s disease medication adherence

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Author: Kan, Valerii1; Ferreira, Denzil1; Rajanen, Dorina2;
Organizations: 1Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Interact Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-08-27


Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a second most common neurological disorder that affects up to 10 million people worldwide. It has an evolving nature and the symptoms may vary from patient to patient. Thus, to increase the effectiveness of PD treatment, it is necessary a personalized medication plan. Currently, PD patients undergo symptom observation on semiannual clinical visits. This work aims at the development of a new way of observation via smartphones, while at the same time offering the PD patient a tool to better understand his medication needs. Our mobile application leverages smartphone’s inbuilt sensors in order to keep track of subject’s medication adherence throughout the day, taking shape as a short-term accelerometer-based game played several times a day, and allows PD patients to record when they took medication. The combination of collected datasets can be used in further studies in order to estimate the changes in PD severity and medication effectiveness over time.

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ISBN: 978-1-4503-5966-5
Pages: 373 - 376
DOI: 10.1145/3267305.3267598
Host publication: Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (UbiComp '18). October 8-12, 2018, Singapore
Conference: ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This work is partially funded by the Academy of Finland (Grants 286386-CPDSS, 285459-iSCIENCE, 304925-CARE, 313224-STOP), and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (645706-GRAGE).
EU Grant Number: (645706) GRAGE - Grey and green in Europe: elderly living in urban areas
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 286386
Detailed Information: 286386 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
285459 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
304925 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
313224 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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