Friday, 10 March 2017
Predicting depression in older adults - THAW PhD student has paper published in high impact journal
THAW PhD student Jake Andrews and supervisor Professor Rob Harrison have published a paper in the Journal of Affective Disorders.
The paper describes how they used a machine learning approach to build an algorithm that predicts the onset of depression in older people.
The study looked at daily mood scores given by older adults using a touchscreen interface known as NANA – Novel Assessment of Nutrition and Ageing. The model predicted whether or not the Geriatric Depression Scale would assess participants as depressed 10 weeks after they reported their mood using NANA.
Although this is exciting work, it uses data from only 40 older people, so more research is needed before the algorithm can be put to use. The full paper can be read here.
For more information about the research of THAW or this paper, please contact Jake Andrews.