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Self-management of COPD

Web-based applications for the self-management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

What is the problem?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), refers to a group of lung conditions which includes bronchitis and emphysema. Approximately three million people have COPD in the UK. About 900,000 have diagnosed COPD and an estimated two million people have undiagnosed COPD.

The UK is among the top 20 countries for COPD mortality worldwide. In 2012, 29,766 people died in the UK as a result of COPD which was 5.3% of the total number of UK deaths that year and 26.1% of deaths from lung disease.

According to available evidence, what is the suggested solution?

Digital applications for self-management can improve the quality of life for patients living with COPD. They give patients the ability to manage their condition by encouraging more effective use of their inhalers and supporting self care. They complement face to face pulmonary rehabilitation programmes.

MyCOPD, by MyMHealth is an example of this. The MyCOPD app is available on any device that can connect to the internet and delivers a personalised COPD management system by asking patients a few key questions about their condition.

Clinicians are provided with a dashboard, geographical population map view, education and patient management suite to allow them to monitor and manage their patients remotely. The platform can also be used by local health care providers and Clinical Commissioning Groups to monitor exacerbation burdens in real-time and review potential inequalities in healthcare to plan support services effectively.


The manufacturers information can be found here, including a video demonstrating the system. Further information on MyCOPD and the evidence base for self-management of COPD using web based applications can be found by following the related links on the right.

“I have used MyCOPD for 9 months, I use it every day. Last year, before using MyCOPD I had 12 exacerbations, this year I have had just two. I now know when and how to take my medication, when to use my rescue pack and perform my rehab exercises most days.” Paul, a COPD sufferer from Portsmouth. Source: NHS England

Where can I find out more about implementation?

Read the implementation pack.


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