App for physical activity chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Researchers from the NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber, Telehealth and Care Technologies (TaCT) theme have developed an app to help people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) increase their physical activity.

The app is used in conjunction with a Fitbit® activity monitor, and was developed based on views and feedback from people with COPD, their family members, and healthcare professionals (HCPs). It monitors people’s physical activity and their progress towards physical activity goals. The app is designed to be used as part of Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR), a programme which helps people with COPD to take part in exercise and to self-manage their condition. People with COPD will be able to use the app both during PR and afterwards to help them maintain their physical activity long term. We are carrying out a feasibility study with three PR teams across South Yorkshire to see what patients and staff think of the app, and to see how it is used.

For more information please see the project webpage or contact Claire Bentley (c.bentley@sheffield.ac.uk).