The development and validation of a Real Time Location System to reliably monitor everyday activities in natural contexts.


Judah, G; de Witt Huberts, J; Drassal, A; Aunger, R; (2017) The development and validation of a Real Time Location System to reliably monitor everyday activities in natural contexts. PLoS One, 12 (2). e0171610. ISSN 1932-6203 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171610

[img]
Preview
Text - Published Version
License:

Download (1294Kb) | Preview

Abstract

The accurate measurement of behaviour is vitally important to many disciplines and practitioners of various kinds. While different methods have been used (such as observation, diaries, questionnaire), none are able to accurately monitor behaviour over the long term in the natural context of people's own lives. The aim of this work was therefore to develop and test a reliable system for unobtrusively monitoring various behaviours of multiple individuals within the same household over a period of several months. A commercial Real Time Location System was adapted to meet these requirements and subsequently validated in three households by monitoring various bathroom behaviours. The results indicate that the system is robust, can monitor behaviours over the long-term in different households and can reliably distinguish between individuals. Precision rates were high and consistent. Recall rates were less consistent across households and behaviours, although recall rates improved considerably with practice at set-up of the system. The achieved precision and recall rates were comparable to the rates observed in more controlled environments using more valid methods of ground truthing. These initial findings indicate that the system is a valuable, flexible and robust system for monitoring behaviour in its natural environment that would allow new research questions to be addressed.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Disease Control
PubMed ID: 28196100
Web of Science ID: 394423900024
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/3515703

Statistics


Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads since deposit
13Downloads
33Hits
Accesses by country - last 12 months
Accesses by referrer - last 12 months
Impact and interest
Additional statistics for this record are available via IRStats2

Actions (login required)

Edit Item Edit Item