Dr. Matthew Corriere, the 2014 Wylie Scholar and the Principal Investigator for the Project Voice studies funded by Vascular Cures, presented his results at the Society for Vascular Surgery’s annual meeting in June. His talk, “Multicenter, Randomized, Crossover Study Comparing Digital Health Intervention with Fitbit Tracking versus Usual Care with Patient Self-Report for Claudication Exercise Adherence and Patient-Reported Outcomes” describes the results of two studies that evaluated the feasibility of a digital health platform coupled with walking activity tracking for patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) and symptoms of claudication (pain while walking).
The study showed that “digital health with Fitbit tracking is feasible for patients with PAD and claudication symptoms”. Dr. Corriere says “I am quite proud that we pulled this off and think the PRO (Patient-Reported Outcomes) observations directly inform how we think about using these measures as clinical research outcomes.”
Dr. Corriere also gave a more general talk on walking activity data for the Digital Health Advancements in Vascular Surgery session at the meeting. His presentation, “Translating tracked activity into outcomes, interventions, and surveillance for peripheral artery disease…Challenges, opportunities, and gaps” is an overview of what he has learned in his studies using activity trackers in clinical research with PAD patients. Dr. Corriere summarizes his findings by saying that “activity tracking expands our ability to evaluate structured walking exercise outside the healthcare system. Important gaps remain, however, including getting doctors up to speed on how to interpret this data and use it to help patients achieve better outcomes”.