With almost 5 million members, we’ve been able to launch a variety of health research efforts that study topics like chronic pain, how people use their wearable devices, and sleep patterns.
We've partnered with healthcare and life sciences companies to launch large-scale research programs that look at type 2 diabetes, heart disease, the flu, Alzheimer’s Disease, and most recently COVID-19, to name a few.
With over 77 research publications, we’d like to highlight two notable studies to give you a better idea of the impact our members have when they decide to participate in a study.
DiSCover Program (Digital Signals in Chronic Pain)
About 50 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain.
In 2018, Evidation launched the DiSCover Program, a study designed to help us gain a better understanding of what it’s like to live with this condition. More than 10,000 members participated in the program over the course of a year.
We looked at patterns in activity levels and asked participants to take daily surveys in order to get a better understanding of the day-to-day impact of living with chronic pain.
Here’s what we learned from these participants:
- Chronic pain had an impact on participants’ physical activity. On average, they were about 25% less active than those without chronic pain.
- Chronic pain affected participants with many different conditions (for example, fibromyalgia, cancer, arthritis, etc.).
- To manage their pain, participants used a wide range of treatment options from over-the-counter pain medications and prescription opioid medications to meditation apps, medical marijuana, and acupuncture treatment.
- Participants with chronic pain reported lower quality of life and had higher rates of depression and anxiety symptoms than those without chronic pain.
Through their participation, these study participants helped our researchers understand their lived experiences with chronic pain.
COVID Signals Study
At the height of the pandemic in 2020, Evidation and our study partners launched the COVID Signals Study.
Over 800 individuals who were at higher risk of getting COVID-19 (for example, doctors, nurses, and first responders) joined the study. They provided data from wearables, lab tests, and surveys for over 3 months.
Together, these participants completed:
- 59,485 daily surveys
- 7,571 weekly and monthly surveys
- 6,328 weekly COVID-19 test kits
- 841 final surveys
This information is helping us explore if there are ways to predict when someone might be sick, and what their recovery might look like.
How can I learn more?
These are just a couple examples of how participants like you make research possible. As a result, individuals living with conditions like chronic pain, COVID-19, and others can potentially benefit from this new research.
Want to know more about any of our Evidation Studies and how to get involved? Check out How to Get Involved in Evidation Studies, or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our friendly team members can help you get started.
If you want additional general information on health research, we recommend checking out the following public resources:
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office for Human Research Protections
- FDA, Clinical Trials and Human Subject Protection
- National Institutes of Health (NIH), Educational Resources
- Clinical Research Resource HUB, Resources for Participants