PATIENTS suffering from long-term breathing difficulties are being asked to take part in a trial to see if managing their condition with new technology can help improve their quality of life.
Web and app programme myCOPD has been developed by Hampshire firm My mhealth and is now being trialled at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.
The research needs 60 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to take part in the study, called Rescue.
The myCOPD app features inhaler video tutorials, education, nutritional advice and a short pulmonary rehabilitation programme, which are all available anytime or anywhere.
Participants in the study will be anonymous, and will be asked to complete questionnaires about current symptoms and health. Inhaler techniques will be videoed and assessed during two home visits, which will take approximately two hours each, with support from the study team throughout.
The my COPD programme features video tutorials on how to correctly take an inhaler, record medication dosage and gentle exercises that can help.
Self-management is at the heart of dealing with many long-term conditionsMal North, lead nurse for My Mhealth
Professor Anoop Chauhan, chief investigator for the trial and a respiratory specialist at QA, said: ‘We’re delighted to be working with My mhealth to test new ways of helping patients recover from exacerbations of COPD.
‘We believe having access to the wealth of information and support through this mobile and web technology will give patients, carers and their clinical teams more tools to help improve their condition and prevent exacerbations of COPD.
‘We now need to confirm that benefit for patients and the NHS through this high-quality research trial.’
It is hoped better self-management will improve people’s quality of life.
Mal North, My Mhealth lead nurse, said: ‘Self-management is at the heart of dealing with many long-term conditions.
‘However only 25 per cent of patients with COPD receive information from their GP practice to help with this, and when they do, they only receive a small educational booklet and printed plan.’
To volunteer call (023) 8097 0217.