(Aug 2016): We are carrying out a feasibility study with
Pulmonary Rehabilitation teams across South Yorkshire to find out whether the
app is acceptable to patients and staff, and whether it would be feasible to
use the app in this setting to help people with COPD increase their physical
activity. Recruitment will begin Sept 2016.
Update (Nov 2015): Phases Two and Three are now complete. We have produced an app which
works together with an activity monitor to encourage physical activity in COPD.
We are going through approvals for a feasibility study to try out using the app
with respiratory services across South Yorkshire.
Update (Feb 2015): Phase
One results summary here. Phases Two and
Three (software development and usability testing) are ongoing.
work follows on from the achievements of the SMART Consortium (http://thesmartconsortium.org/) in
investigating the use of technology to help people with long term conditions
to self-manage. The lessons learned from earlier projects will be extended to
develop a new self-management program for COPD, a respiratory condition
characterised by progressive decline in lung function. People with COPD may
become housebound, socially isolated, depressed and may be admitted to
hospital more frequently. These negative consequences of the condition can
be reduced through effective self-management, for example by increasing
physical activity and keeping an eye on symptoms.
The aim of the project is to produce and evaluate a piece of software which helps people
with COPD to self-manage their condition.
In general the project consists of three streams of work. In Phase
One ideas for a COPD self-management system (based on literature and earlier
SMART work) have been discussed in interviews with COPD patients, their
family members and relevant healthcare professionals to determine which
features might be useful to include in the system. Phase Two will involve the development of an
early version of the COPD self-management system. During Phase Three this
early version, or prototype, will be assessed on its usability and
acceptability to people with COPD as a self-management tool.
(Update Aug 2016) These three phases of work are now complete, and we
are testing whether the intervention we have developed is feasible for use in a
Phase One results are now
available! We interviewed 15 people with COPD, 5 family members and 7
healthcare professionals, and recommendations for the self-management system
are summarised in this
We also visited Breathe
Easy meetings across South Yorkshire to speak to people with COPD about the
project and to let them know the results of Phase One.
Recommendations for the ‘Physical
Activity and Functioning’ section of the system were presented at the King’s Fund International
Digital Health and Care Congress in Sept 2014.
Please see our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPiRqWdZ2yc
information can be found at:
CLAHRC Project Partners
University of Sheffield
Other Project Partners
Special thanks to South Yorkshire’s Breathe Easy groups (British Lung
Foundation) and the Pulmonary Rehabilitation teams of NHS Sheffield, Rotherham
and Doncaster. Most especially we wish to thank the participants in the