12:03 PM
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Dec 05, 2018
 |  BC Extra  |  Clinical News

Mobile app could aid in managing COPD symptoms

Kaia Health GmbH (Munich, Germany) said its COPD app decreased symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a pilot trial, suggesting the app could be a useful tool for self-management and exercise training in patients with COPD.

The app creates an individual training program tailored to a specific user and comprises video-based physical exercises for strength and mobility training, patient education based on established patient guidelines, and relaxation techniques to manage anxiety and depression. Patients can contact a coach via the app to answer app-specific questions and provide motivation.

In a 34-patient study published in the International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, researchers at Kaia and colleagues found that use of the app for 20 days significantly reduced mean self-reported COPD assessment test (CAT) scores by 2.5 points compared with baseline (p=0.008). Use of the app also led to significant improvements in self-reported Chronic Respiratory Disease Questionnaire scores of fatigue and emotional function.

The researchers said the app could be useful as both an initial and maintenance pulmonary rehabilitation program, especially for patients in remote areas.

CEO Konstantin Mehl told BioCentury the app is classified as a Class I medical device and will not require approval under FDA's 510(k) pathway. The app is available for download through select insurers and providers, and to individuals participating in a free usability test. It is available in German and will soon be translated to English and other major languages.

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