In the history of humanity have children never been worse off than today. Societal pressures of today are forbidding children to be children, playing which is a required function for healthy development is being pushed aside with the idea to increase performance.
Our project cleared the first stage of the two stage application process for a European commissioned Horizon 2020 Project. A total of 530 proposals were submitted and 138 met the threshold for stage two.
We are very excited about this positive development and we are looking forward to work together with our amazing consortium to take on the challenge of the second stage.
We worked hard and long hours to finish the project application, passing the first stage makes us all very proud.
We have started our first ambulatory assessment study, this study consists of 10 subjects, five with burnout and five without burnout, data will be collected for a 14-day time period. This first ambulatory assessment was made possible through our partner the psy-bern AG. Subjects are given multiple questionnaires, which are used in todays clinical and ambulatory settings, we also developed our own questionnaires in app together with the psy-bern AG. Subjects also receive hardware such as a Smartphone (with our App installed), a Polar H10 chest belt (sponsored by Polar Switzerland), multiple accelerometer sensors and a bed sensor. In the end we will use this first trial dataset to model and predict stress.
The stress epidemic is on the rise in Switzerland the increase of absenteeism increased by 20 percent in the last 5-years. Absenteeism for psychological illnesses increased by 35 percent, our experts mentioned that stress is the root cause for this significant increase.
After the data being published Switzerland's media was buzzing on Saturday, April the 22. 2018. The articles are in German: Tagesanzeiger and Blick reported. The NZZ Published report (here - free registration required to read the report) the day before, on which the news reports are based. This trend significantly accelerates the health-related cost explosion in Switzerland. Psychological illnesses now account for CHF 20 billion per year.
NZZ (German) - https://nzzas.nzz.ch/stress-bei-der-arbeit-zahl-der-psychischen-erkrankungen-ist-um-ein-drittel-gestiegen-ld.1379549 (free registration required to read the article)