The original project is for bio-data collecting, getting samples which they then hold for future clinical research, but the medical team who were running the project that we signed up for originally also have links with the local university sports department, and they were testing out activity monitors, two types of activity monitors, and so they asked us if we would like to take part in that. And we thought, “Yes.” And that was good fun, actually. That was, we were asked to wear, respectively, an activity monitor on our wrist and an activity monitor on our ankles. And then they plotted the intensity and the amount of activity that we did over a period of a week, and we had to keep a diary.
And, actually, I could see the benefit of that, professionally, because I’m a research nurse, and I work as a research nurse with children and we do use those sort of monitors with children. So it was good, professionally, for me to have a kind of insight about the annoyance, how little things can annoy you, when you’re wearing such devices. But also one of the major issues that’s affecting healthcare strategy in the UK, at the moment, is concerned with obesity and activity levels. So if we can help in some way in them getting an idea of the best way to actually - because we don’t actually know how much different people, activity different people do, because it’s a difficult thing to record formally. So if I could help in some way in that, that was good.
And it was funny, yeah. Apparently my statistics - because I was training for a marathon at the time - [laughs] so my statistics on how much I did and the intensity I did broke all their records [laughs]. I’m slightly nerdy, so [laughs] I’m really proud of that, a nerdy achievement, yeah, yeah.
[laughs] So that was actually a separate study that you got involved in very quickly after this one?
Sort of snowballing from one to the next?
Yeah. And then they saw us as ideal candidates, because they realised that we would put those devices to the test. And we did. Because one of the devices could be worn in, when swimming, one of them couldn’t, and one of them I could wear at work, when I was working within a clinical environment, on the ward, but one of them I couldn’t wear at work. So lots of things like that it was showing. And one of the devices - my partner is a very keen cyclist, but one of the devices I don’t think worked so well for cyclists but it worked, one of the other, the other device did, because of the range of movement that was involved.
So I think they were able to get lots of really useful information from us about the type of activities, every day activities, that those devices, the pros and cons of those devices in different situations with different activities.