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Remote smartphone-based speech collection: Acceptance and barriers in individuals with major depressive disorder

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Judith Dineley, Grace Lavelle, Daniel Leightley, Faith Matcham, Sara Siddi, María Teresa Peñarrubia-María, Katie White, Alina Ivan, Carolin Oetzmann, Sara Simblett, Erin Dawe Lane, Stuart Bruce, Daniel Stahl, Yatharth Ranjan, Zulqarnain Rashid, Pauline Conde, Amos Folarin, Josep Maria Haro, Til Wykes, Richard Dobson & 5 more Viabhav Narayan, Matthew Hotopf, Björn Schuller, Nicholas Cummins, on behalf of the RADAR CNS Consortium

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication22nd Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2021
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781713836902
Published30 Aug 2021
Event22nd Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2021 - Brno, Czech Republic
Duration: 30 Aug 20213 Sep 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH
ISSN (Print)2308-457X
ISSN (Electronic)1990-9772


Conference22nd Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH 2021
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic

Bibliographical note

Funding Information: The RADAR-CNS project has received funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 115902. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and EFPIA ( This communication reflects the views of the RADAR-CNS consortium and neither IMI nor the European Union and EFPIA are liable for any use that may be made of the information contained herein. The funding bodies have not been involved in the design of the study, the collection or analysis of data, or the interpretation of data. Publisher Copyright: Copyright © 2021 ISCA.

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The ease of in-the-wild speech recording using smartphones has sparked considerable interest in the combined application of speech, remote measurement technology (RMT) and advanced analytics as a research and healthcare tool. For this to be realised, the acceptability of remote speech collection to the user must be established, in addition to feasibility from an analytical perspective. To understand the acceptance, facilitators, and barriers of smartphone-based speech recording, we invited 384 individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) from the Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse - Central Nervous System (RADAR-CNS) research programme in Spain and the UK to complete a survey on their experiences recording their speech. In this analysis, we demonstrate that study participants were more comfortable completing a scripted speech task than a free speech task. For both speech tasks, we found depression severity and country to be significant predictors of comfort. Not seeing smartphone notifications of the scheduled speech tasks, low mood and forgetfulness were the most commonly reported obstacles to providing speech recordings.

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