iTrain Study - Long-Term Integrated Telerehabilitation of COPD Patients. A Multi-Center Randomized Controlled Trial

Description

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) places a substantial burden on society, including patients, their families and the healthcare system. Pulmonary rehabilitation is considered an integral part of the long-term management of COPD. Despite this, many people with COPD do not have access to, or do not complete, rehabilitation programmes. This research project aims to compare long-term telerehabilitation of COPD patients consisting of exercise training at home, telemonitoring, and education/self-management, with standard care.

An international multi-center prospective RCT in which 120 COPD patients will participate from three countries (Norway, Denmark, and Australia) and followed up for 2 years. Patients in the intervention arm will be offered an integrated telerehabilitation programme consisting of exercise training at home, telemonitoring, and education/self-management. Equipment inlcude a treadmill, a pulse oximeter and iPad. Patients have access to a website to access their training program, a daily diary to monitor symptoms and oxygen measurements, and a training diary. Patients will communicate remotely with a physiotherapist via videoconferencing.

Goals

The project will test an innovative telerehabilitation invervention consisting of exercise training at home, telemonitoring, and education/self-management. This RCT aims to demonstrate whether telerehabilitation will prevent hospital readmissions, thus reducing healthcare costs, for patients with COPD and will improve patient’s status and quality of life.

Method

An international multi-center prospective randomized controlled trial (RCT) will be conducted to test an innovative telerehabilitation invervention consisting of exercise training at home, telemonitoring, and education/self-management

Project manager

Paolo Zanaboni Paolo Zanaboni

Project participant

Financing

Helse Nord RHF

Norges Forskningsråd

Theme

Citizen services

Project period

2014 - 2017

Last updated

6 September 2019