Decentralizing Clinical Trials & RWE Data Collection to Advance Patient-Focused Research

Decentralizing Clinical Trials & RWE Data Collection to Advance Patient-Focused Research

As we are in the Mental Health month of May, it’s the perfect time to reflect on how we can improve and maintain our physical and mental well-being. And what better way to do that than by using a health app like OnTracka that offers you an easy way to focus on your mental health or to participate in clinical trials on the latest medicines or interventions directly from your mobile phone.

You see, we are living in a digital age, where the opportunities to improve our health are endless. Yet, many of us are still hesitant to use free health apps, like OnTracka, to monitor our mental well-being and the research shows that it is time to change that.

Let me ask you this: how important is your health to you? Do you value it enough to make small changes in your daily routine to improve it? Research shows that even tracking small aspects of our health through mobile apps can lead to positive changes in our behaviour. This is especially true for mental health, where self-monitoring can reduce symptoms and improve coping skills.

But it’s not just about mental health. If you have a medical condition, using a health app can improve the accuracy of your data and increase your doctor’s understanding of your health. This means that your doctor can detect patterns and respond to concerns more effectively. For those without medical conditions, tracking general health can boost confidence and motivation to reach goals.

And let’s not forget about our beloved elders. Contrary to popular belief, middle-aged and older adults are increasingly embracing technology. Recent national data shows that approximately 70% of seniors are now connected to the internet and are using devices in their daily lives. So, if you or a loved one is over 55 years old, don’t hesitate to explore health apps as an option.

The significance of these findings cannot be ignored and there are several studies to consider when deciding whether or not to take action from reading this article. Among the research includes the following findings:

According to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, individuals who used mobile apps to track their health experienced significant improvements in self-efficacy and behaviour change, leading to better health outcomes. The study found that patients who used mobile health apps to track their progress were able to take control of their health, improve adherence to treatment plans, and reduce their reliance on healthcare professionals.

A 2018 study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that the use of mobile health apps can have a positive impact on the self-management of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. The study found that patients who used mobile health apps were able to improve their self-efficacy and self-care behaviour, leading to better health outcomes.

While the research may suggest that adopting a technology like OnTracka can give you benefits, I understand that adopting new habits can be difficult. That’s why I want to remind you of the power of taking small steps. One such small step could be the focus of journaling within the app as a starting point. This does not need to be an essay but rather two sentences or even a daily word to build the habit of starting to put your experiences into perspective while also serving as a record of your growth and progress that you are unlikely to see from your current circumstances. And, with health apps like OnTracka, you can easily journal your health progress. Imagine having the equivalent of your old journal that walked into the future with you.

In conclusion, as we celebrate Mental Health Month this May, let’s prioritize our physical and mental well-being by incorporating tools like OnTracka into our daily routines to track our progress and make positive changes to our behaviours.

If you prefer to participate in clinical trials to be at the forefront of novel treatments, then simply register your interest at to see the growing list of clinical trials that could be the difference that changes your life or the life of a loved one.

Chad Walkaden 


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