Home Sensors Developed for Overnight Monitoring in Opioid Use Disorder

PainRelief.com: What are the main findings?

Response: The sensor data were compared with a standard sleep monitoring method – observed polysomnography in a sleep laboratory. The sensors matched sleep/wake patterns 89% of the time, indicating a potential option for remote home symptom monitoring for people with opioid use disorder.  

PainRelief.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: New approaches are needed to reduce risk of opioid overdose death and other harms. Home sensors could be a novel approach to provide remote overnight monitoring for people prescribed methadone.

PainRelief.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: Opioid overdose deaths continue to climb and a return to substance use is a common risk. A critical timepoint is after people are discharged from an opioid detoxification program. Future research can test sensors in the home setting for a more comprehensive picture of around-the-clock health status and develop immediate clinical interventions for people with substance use disorders.

 Disclosures: We received funding support from the Rayce Rudeen Foundation [https://raycerudeen.org/] and the National Institutes of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R01NR016732. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the affiliations, funding agencies or the National Institutes of Health.


Marian Wilson, Roschelle Fritz, Myles Finlay, Diane J. Cook,

Piloting Smart Home Sensors to Detect Overnight Respiratory and Withdrawal Symptoms in Adults Prescribed Opioids, Pain Management Nursing,

2022,ISSN 1524-9042,


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Last Updated on October 11, 2022 by PainRelief.com