Can remote support for COPD patients following pulmonary rehabilitation support engagement with treatment to improve mood?

Start Date: 1 Jan 2014

Project summary

This project will extend our current work with self-management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) using a tablet computer based system.  Although self-management in COPD can improve patients’ quality of life, mood and health status and reduce hospital admissions, it is still not clear how best to help patients maximise their self-management potential. Anxiety and depression are common in COPD and have major impact on patients, their families and the health services. There is increasing evidence that these conditions are undetected and undertreated. Interactive communication and monitoring offers a means of delivering stratified interventions to sustain effect of pulmonary rehabilitation, which particularly aims to support patients’ self-management of symptoms including anxiety and depression.

Prof Andrew Farmer