Research project

MS Buddy

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common neurological diseases worldwide. Due to the diversity of symptoms, tailored treatment plans are important. Most available mHealth apps focus on well-being and do not take into account the individual needs of those affected. The planned app, in contrast, will actively support users to become a daily companion ("buddy"), providing tailored suggestions and recommendations for behavioral changes. The app will thus become a self-management tool for people with MS, but also support their caregivers in acute and follow-up care, e.g. after a rehabilitation stay. This increases adherence and leads to better symptom management, higher quality of life, less early retirements and hospital admissions in the long run. 
The app tracks users' daily routines, behavior and symptom trajectories and triggers appropriate interventions in the form of advice, encouragement and success messages. In doing so, the app adapts to the specific needs and habits of individual users (self-learning). Unlike other apps, the triggered intervention rules are based on evidence-based nursing knowledge. The app thus becomes a coach that constantly accompanies and is more than just a logging and visualization tool.

Duration: 01.08.2023 - 31.07.2025




Rewoso; Kliniken Valens; Ostschweizer Fachhoschule, Institut IPM