As part of the IASON project, two studies are planned at FAU:
In the first project phase, an explorative preliminary study will be conducted in which the needs and challenges in dealing with Alzheimer's disease as well as requirements and wishes for the IEEDA system from the perspective of future potential user groups will be determined in qualitative interviews. In a second part of the study a first test version of the IEEDA system will be tested by users. The users will then be asked about the usability and content of the application. The interviews will be evaluated with methods of qualitative content analysis according to Mayring (Mayring, 2015).
Furthermore, the EEG analysis sub-module in the physician module is to be validated in a study. This is necessary to investigate the diagnostic significance and accuracy of the EEG analyses in comparison to established diagnostic procedures in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. For this purpose, an observational study will be conducted in which the brain waves of Alzheimer's patients in several stages of the disease and a healthy control group will be measured by EEG. In addition, both the patient groups and the healthy control group will be examined using established diagnostic procedures that are common in clinical practice for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. By checking now how strong the correlation of the EEG data with the results of the established diagnostic procedures is, we can determine the agreement validity, which shows us the value of the EEG as a diagnostic tool for Alzheimer's disease.
Mayring, P. (2015). Qualitative Inhaltsanalyse: Grundlagen und Techniken: Beltz Verlage.