A study wants you to know that the Apple Watch can detect frailty syndrome
A new study says the Apple Watch can accurately determine fragility.
It could be said that the Apple Watch is the definitive smartwatch, although it is not within the reach of all pockets, and although recent studies claimed that it was even capable of detecting the coronavirus or even saving the lives of adventurers, now we have a new study that could bring this watch closer to the market niche of older people.
Frailty syndrome commonly refers to older people with a physiological deterioration that is related to aging and where the user tends to have less resistance to the environment.
Now a new study published by Stanford University, and funded by Apple itself, notes that the Apple Watch is capable of accurately assessing frailty in patients. It should be noted that this is a study funded by Apple, although also sponsored by Stanford University.
Basically, the study has had the collaboration of 110 patients with cardiovascular diseases, using an iPhone 7 with the Apple Watch Series 3 as material. The volunteers performed six-minute exercises at home on a regular basis, and then the results were compared with the test of the “six minute walk” (6MWT) of the clinic.
The study has been able to show that the Apple Watch can accurately determine fragility at a sensitivity of 90% and a specificity of 85% when monitored in the clinical setting. Specifically, the sensitivity was 83% at home and the specificity 60%. In this way, they conclude that the Apple Watch can be used at home and can act as an accurate determination of 6MWT results in the clinic.
Interestingly, Apple has introduced a series of health metrics related to mobility in watchOS7 that includes the 6MWT test.
Although the Apple Watch has proven to be accurate in this regard, this type of fragility tests are totally recommended to be done in a medical clinic or in an authorized hospital, since they have much more precise machines than any other watch or electronic device within reach of the public.