Telemedicine provides new treatment possibilities in COPD care


Tabak, Monique and Hermens, Hermie J. (2012) Telemedicine provides new treatment possibilities in COPD care. Tijdschrift van het Nederlands Elektronica- en Radiogenootschap, 77 (2). pp. 69-76. ISSN 0374-3853

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Abstract:Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic, progressive lung disease. COPD has a high impact on quality of life, large social consequences, a progressive course and it cannot be cured. Physiotherapy, increasing physical participation in daily activities, and early detection and treatment of exacerbations are important elements in current COPD disease management. Home-exercise programmes and self-management of exacerbations are effective new treatment methods. When these programmes are offered as a telemedicine application, they could contribute to a reduction in labour and costs. This paper describes a number of telemedicine applications designed for implementation in COPD care: 1) remote monitoring of physical activity and symptoms; 2) coaching and feedback in daily life to gain an active lifestyle; 3) a web portal for online exercising, self-management of exacerbations and communication between professionals and patient and; 4) serious gaming. For each application we share the motivation, design, and (future) evaluations with the target group: COPD patients. The designed applications are in general positively received by patients and professionals and seem to be able to improve the patient’s well-being. Further development and further scaling of these technologies in everyday care would be an important next step.
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Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
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