Wearable sensor may help to assess stress in healthcare workers

Wearable sensor may help to assess stress in healthcare workers
A wearable biosensor may help monitor stress experienced by healthcare professionals, according to a study published in Physiological Reports. Credit: Emma Chapron, University of South Wales

A wearable biosensor may help monitor stress experienced by healthcare professionals, according to a study published in Physiological Reports.

In the study of 12 healthy male volunteers, a wearable biosensor that is placed on the chest, called the VitalScout, provided an accurate assessment of physiological parameters— and respiration rate—that are used to calculate stress. Furthermore, the biosensor's metrics correlated strongly to those obtained using breathing analyses, and they could discriminate changes associated with stress from changes related to increased .

"A high prevalence of stress and burnout has been reported in , however, the current tools utilized to quantify such like smart watches or questionnaires are not in keeping with doctors' busy lifestyles and do not comply with infection prevention policies," said senior author Prof. Damian M. Bailey, Ph.D., of the University of South Wales, in the UK. "Given that increased stress can subsequently impact both the healthcare profession and the patient in care, we believe the wearable biosensor used in this study is a useful tool to monitor and manage stress experienced by healthcare professionals."


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More information: Luke Hopkins et al, Consumer‐grade biosensor validation for examining stress in healthcare professionals, Physiological Reports (2020). DOI: 10.14814/phy2.14454
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