Smartwatches to Manage Stress and Anxiety in Residential Settings (Smartwatch)

  • End date
    Apr 30, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Updated on 30 May 2022


The purpose of the study is to conduct a prospective evaluation of a smartwatch technology and an associated application (developed by Awake Labs) in a clinical cohort from CAMH Adult Neurodevelopmental Services (ANS) and adults with developmental disabilities in the community who have received a watch.


Tools that help predict the onset of anxiety and agitation can not only help a person learn to self-monitor their emotions, but can may also help others feel more efficacious in understanding the internal state of the person they are supporting (especially if not able to communicate), and help them respond in a way that keeps the individual and others safe.

The purpose of the study is to conduct a prospective evaluation of the smartwatch technology with modifications recommended by the researchers (based on a previous retrospective study) in a clinical cohort at CAMH Adult Neurodevelopmental Services (ANS) and in adults with developmental disabilities in the community.

Specifically, this study seeks to evaluate the utility and validity of the smartwatch and associated mobile application as a clinical tool by gathering behavioral data when the applications gives a notification. The person wearing the watch or those in their environment will be asked to report the following in the application after the smartwatch gives a notification: 1) the valence of the emotion of the person wearing the smartwatch, 2) what events were occurring prior to notification (e.g., potential triggers for behaviours that challenge), and 3) what happened after the notification (e.g., how the person or others in their environment responded to the notification).

Results will be used to inform future iterations of the technology and make recommendations for clinical use.

Condition Baseline, Technology
Treatment Smartwatch
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04878965
SponsorCentre for Addiction and Mental Health
Last Modified on30 May 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

individuals with an intellectual and/or developmental disability
living in the community or receiving services from CAMH ANS department

Exclusion Criteria

Under 18 years old
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