A Study to Determine the Feasibility of a Wearable Health Monitor to Measure Stress in Family Caregivers


About this study

The purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility and acceptability of the use of a wearable health monitor (Health Tag) for measuring stress among family caregivers (FCGs) of palliative care patients.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Participants must be adults ≥ age 21 years old.
  • Self-report as the primary caregiver of an adult (≥ age 21 years old) outpatient palliative care patient.
  • Care recipients must be residing at home (not in a nursing home or memory care facility; however, may reside in an assisted living facility).
  • Participants must be living with the patient at least 50% of the time.
  • Participants must be able to read and speak English
  • Participants must be cognitively intact.
  • Participants are also required to be in possession of an iPhone 6 or newer model for use of the health monitor application, and have access to wifi at least once per day during the two weeks of wearing the device (to allow for transfer of data to the researcher team’s portal).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • As determined through self-report, FCGs with a history of head trauma, panic attacks, diagnosed with a major mental health condition, or who are unwilling to participate.  

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Jacksonville, Fla.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Sherry Chesak, Ph.D., M.S., R.N.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Cindy Tofthagen Ph.D.



Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Sherry Chesak, Ph.D., M.S., R.N.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Catherine Krecke CCRP



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