A scientific test of “as you make your bed, so you must lie in it”
The surveillance study, which in technical terms is called a post-market clinical follow-up (PMCF), is being commissioned by Hermann Bock GmbH. “We want to add some extra authority to the saying ‘as you make your bed, so you must lie in it’ – in the form of scientific data,” Dr Stefan Kettelhoit, managing director of Hermann Bock GmbH, explains. The company is setting great store by independence. “We need hard data acquired according to scientific standards, not some soft study in our favour,” Kettelhoit emphasises, “because the results should help us to make our beds even better for care.”
Surveillance study at six study centres in Germany
In particular, the research project is intended to shed some light on the extent to which movement-supporting effects of care beds can promote the mobility of residents. To collect hard data, the study will be conducted in the form of post-market surveillance (PMS) at six care facilities in Germany, with over 100 participants. Sensors in the beds will collect various data points on certain sleep and lying parameters. The data collected in this manner will be combined with surveys of the participants to compare subjective results such as “restorative quality of the sleep” with objectivly measured data. The initial results of the study should be available in summer of 2016.
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