A study on how effective palm pilots could be in monitoring patients’ behaviour may lead to help for people with mood swings, bad habits or unhealthy cravings.
Participants in a four year study were asked to carry palm pilots for 28 days. Six times each day they were prompted randomly by a buzz from the hand held device, to answer a series of questions. The researchers gauged their mood on a scale of 1-5.
They learnt more about the mood of boderline personality disorder.
Researchers got an in-the-moment response to how the patients were feeling, rather than asking them later at an interview.
The hand held device is an electronic diary of mood changes and may work better than the traditional doctor/patient interview.