Chair of Biostatistics Christopher Schmid provides commentary on technology that allows individuals to do their own studies in collaboration with their physicians.

A growing number of researchers are finding meaningful, impactful results through “N of 1” studies in which scientific discoveries are being made for “one person at a time” to enhance personalized medical care, nutritional planning, identification of beneficial exercise routines and much more! Among the various examples identified through a recent article in Knowable Magazine, the article referenced a 2018 study involving Schmid along with Dr. Richard Kravitz of the University of California, Davis, and their other collaborators. The original article, “Effect of Mobile Device-Supported Single-Patient Multi-crossover Trials on Treatment of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain” was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine in October 2018.

In the Knowable article, Schmid notes that technology is allowing individuals to do their own studies in collaboration with their physicians. He is quoted as saying of the use of smartphone apps, “It brings research to people who don’t normally think about doing research.” Not only does such collaboration between patient and physician potentially improve the care received, but increases the knowledgebase of science as well as that of self-care.

Read the entire article on “Singular Science, “N of 1” studies aim to answer medical questions one person at a time”.