Lawson researchers created an app to help seniors with depressive symptoms, allowing for some health and support services to be provided virtually. The project is one of the studies highlighted in St. Joseph’s 2017-2018 Annual Report.
St. Joseph’s Health Care London’s 2017-2018 Annual Report features stories about patients and residents, and their journey of care and recovery.
The following research is highlighted in the 2017-2018 Annual Report:
- Smart tech, smart treatment: Many mobile applications are on the market to help people struggling with mental health issues, but these aren’t necessarily created or used by health care providers. Creating an entire smart mental health system is one of the strategic priorities of St. Joseph’s and Lawson’s Mental Health Research Group led by Dr. Cheryl Forchuk, Beryl and Richard Ivey Research Chair in Aging, Mental Health, Rehabilitation and Recovery. Numerous projects have been identified as components of a plan spanning seven years.
- Walking while talking a possible early predictor of dementia: In a new study, researchers at Lawson and Western University are demonstrating that gait, or motion testing, while simultaneously performing a cognitively demanding task can effectively predict the progression to dementia and eventually help with earlier diagnosis. To date, there is no definitive way for health care professionals to forecast the onset of dementia in a patient with memory complaints.