iPhone app, ResearchKit power LGBT health research effort

A comprehensive mHealth research effort, termed the PRIDE study, will focus on LGBT health and tap iPhone users and online participants to create the biggest database of mental, social and physical issues impacting the gay and transgender populations.

The goal, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report, is to help identify health issues and create strategies to address those issues. Researchers are using a special app built using the Apple ResearchKit tool for collecting the data.

"Ideally we would like to get tens of thousands of participants and follow people for decades, something like 30 years," Mitchell Lunn, a University of California San Francisco nephrologist and co-director of the PRIDE study, told the Chronicle. "The goal is to figure out how being a sexual or gender minority influences physical or mental health."

Those interested in participating in the research project can download the app at Apple's app store for free, or join the study by clicking here. Article