Long-term telerehabilitation of COPD patients in their homes: Interim results from a pilot study in Northern Norway

Zanaboni, Paolo, Lien, Linda Aareen, Hjalmarsen, Audhild and Wootton, Richard (2013) Long-term telerehabilitation of COPD patients in their homes: Interim results from a pilot study in Northern Norway. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 19 7: 425-429. doi:10.1177/1357633X13506514


Author Zanaboni, Paolo
Lien, Linda Aareen
Hjalmarsen, Audhild
Wootton, Richard
Title Long-term telerehabilitation of COPD patients in their homes: Interim results from a pilot study in Northern Norway
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
1758-1109
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1357633X13506514
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 19
Issue 7
Start page 425
End page 429
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Language eng
Subject 2718 Health Informatics
Abstract We investigated the feasibility of a long-term telerehabilitation service for COPD patients comprising exercise training at home, telemonitoring and education/self-management. The service was offered as a 2-year follow-up programme by a physiotherapist. Equipment included a treadmill, a pulse oximeter and a tablet computer. Participants had weekly videoconference sessions with the physiotherapist. A website was used to access a training programme and to fill in a daily diary and a training diary. Ten patients with moderate or severe COPD participated in a pilot study in Northern Norway. After more than one year, all participants were still participating actively and no drop-outs had occurred. On average, there were 2.0 training sessions/week, 3.3 measurements/week registered via the website and 0.5 videoconference contacts/week. There was a reduction of 27% in the COPD-related hospital costs. Feedback from the participants was very positive. Long-term telerehabilitation of COPD patients at home is feasible and interim results suggest that it reduces healthcare utilization.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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