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Getting Started with ResearchKit

By : Dhanush Balachandran, Edward Cessna
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Getting Started with ResearchKit

By: Dhanush Balachandran, Edward Cessna

Overview of this book

ResearchKit is an open source software development framework from Apple that lets you easily create mobile applications for clinical research studies. ResearchKit provides you the ability to orchestrate the administration of tasks and recording of the results. ResearchKit provides tasks in order to perform informed consent, active tasks, and surveys. Starting with the basics of the ResearchKit framework, this books walks you through the steps of creating iOS applications that could serve as the basis of a clinical research mobile app. This book will introduce readers to ResearchKit and how to turn your iPhone into into a clinical research tool. The book will start off by installing and building the research framework in line with the researcher's needs; during this, the reader will learn to embed ResearchKit in the application and create a small task. After this, the book will go a little deeper into creating modules for surveys, consents, and so on. The book will also cover the various aspects of privacy and security with regard to participant data, and how to build dashboards for visualizing medical data and results in line with the researcher's requirements: data backends, JSON serialization and deserialization, and so on. Readers will be able to fully utilize ResearchKit for medical research, will be able to get more and more patients to participate in their surveys, and will gain insights from the surveys using the dashboards created.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

Why is backend service needed?

The main purpose of a ResearchKit-based clinical research app is to collect and analyze the results generated in various tasks performed by users. For example, an asthma-related clinical study app might require the users to respond to a weekly survey on their condition. The researchers can then analyze the survey responses to discover trends and patterns. In order to collect, manage, and analyze the data, a backend service or server is needed. The ResearchKit framework does not provide such a backend service. It is solely the responsibility of the application to provide backend support.

A backend service can provide the following basic services to a ResearchKit app:

  • User account creation and management

  • Data collection, management, and analysis

  • The anonymization of the collected data so that it can be shared with a larger research community

On top of the preceding basic services, it can also provide the following advanced services:

  • The segmentation of users based...