COTIDIANA project will be co-designed with end-users and stakeholders. The project starts with ethnographic and participatory research with with patients, informal carers, and clinicians, as well as with a broad group of stakeholders which include clinical researchers, people from Pharma, or Clinical Research Organizations. Laboratory data collections with patients will also be planned and performed, for training passive sensing algorithms and crafting digital endpoints. In parallel, the project will develop a mobile app for patients and a web app for clinicians and clinical researchers. The developed solution will be assessed in three field trials, one of which focused on technological feasibility and the two others focused on clinical care and clinical research or drug trials.


COTIDIANA will develop a mobile solution to support clinical care and drug trials of older adults with rheumatic conditions. Patients will use the smartphone in ambulatory conditions to report their experiences, symptoms/signs, and quality of life. Drawing on the smartphone’s built-in sensors and logs, we will be able to objectively track digital endpoints focused on hand dexterity (as an indicator for function or disease activity), gait and physical activity (as an indicator for mobility, fatigue and pain), and sociability patterns (as an indicator of mental health and wellbeing).

Expected Results and Impact:

COTIDIANA will develop a system that holistically characterises the health state of older adults with rheumatic conditions. When used in clinical practice, the system will improve the clinical care of these patients, as it will provide clinicians with more accurate information on the state of their patients as they leave the clinic. Drug trials will also be improved as the system will provide richer data points for making decisions.

Project partners

Partners involved in the project

Organization Type Country Website
Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research R&D Portugal
Mag. Andreas Raffeiner GmbH SME Austria
Medizinische Universität Wien R&D Austria
Pryv SA SME Switzerland
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa End-Users Portugal
  • Project name: Mobile Patient-centred System to Improve Drug Trials and Care of Older-adults with Rheumatic Diseases (COTIDIANA)
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  • Coordinator: Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research
  • Duration: 28 months
  • Starting Date: 01/04/2021
  • Total budget: € 1 920 383,00
  • Public contribution: € 1 228 400,25


Francisco Nunes


T.: +351 220 430 328

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