The use of mobile apps for people with COPD has the potential to encourage and improve self management of their condition. The team at Health Navigator sought to review patient focused apps for COPD.
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COPD apps — desirable features
A recent study by Sobnath et al, 2017 found the following features to be important and desirable in a self management app or support tool for COPD .
- self-recognition and treatment of exacerbations
- smoking cessation advice and support
- medication/treatment adherence
- exercise and increased physical activities
- breathing techniques
- nutritional advice
- dyspnoea management
- reports, email and mobile short message service (SMS) and reminders
- symptoms tracking
- diary or calendar
- calculators for spirometry, body mass index (BMI), or tobacco consumption.
- Gebara S1, Pierscionek B1, Vaes AW2, et al. Features of a Mobile Support App for Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Literature Review and Current Applications. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2017 Feb 20;5(2):e17.