The University of California at San Francisco launched the Pride Study iPhone app to tap into the specific health issues of the LGBTQ community.
This study framework is developed as a ResearchKit app under Apple Inc.’s umbrella. The open-source ResearchKit has already proved successful in tapping valuable information on other risk groups with view to diagnoses such as Parkinson’s, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular issues or asthma.
The open-source research framework was fired up during last year’s “Spring Forward” Apple-powered event. It basically works on cohorting data from the in-built sensor of Apple devices or from user surveys.
The new University of California at San Francisco Pride Study app aims to give researchers better insight into the well-being and health of the LGBTQ community. At large, people who are self-declared members of the LGBTQ community across the U.S. are largely understudied in their specific group.
Therefore, the researchers aim to understand for instance why women pertaining to LGBTQ are usually more prone to obesity than others.
As a result, the ResearchKit Pride Study will gather data on health issues and risk factors such as smoking, obesity, cancer, HIV/AIDS incidence, as well as mental health issues or depression.
The UCSF research team planned the Pride Study to be launched on June 27th, the day the Pride parade takes place in San Francisco.
The Apple powered Pride Study app requires users who download voluntarily to complete a survey that specifically asks for demographic data. Eligibility is also checked through a series of questions. Do not be surprised if the Pride Study app asks for permission to access GPS location.
It is necessary to gather comprehensive location and demographic information.
The Pride Study Research Kit is a pilot program that the UCSF researchers have announced to last until the end of this year or the latest, early 2016.
Each week, the voluntary participants pertaining to the LGBTQ community will be asked to allow 10 to 15 minutes of their time to complete a series of questionnaires. It is the researchers’ intention to pool a number of participants for a longer term study.
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple called Research Kit as:
“perhaps the most profound change and positive impact the iPhone will make on our health.”
At the same time, Mitchell Lunn who is the co-director of the UCSF Pride Study commented:
“The main question there is, what is the relationship between being LGBTQ – or more broadly a sexual or gender minority person – and mental and physical health”.
Both aspects are thought to successfully combine in order to tap the iPhone’s large user base to find those who would greatly benefit from the Pride Study potential.
At the moment, the Pride Study app is only available for iPhone. Perhaps in the near future, other phone manufacturers will be involved in creating a large network that can greatly benefit from the study.
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