Feasibility of smartphone-based physical activity tele-coaching in lung transplant recipients

Conclusion: Tele-coaching appears feasible in lung transplant recipients, with patients wearing the pedometer and interacting well with the app over 12 weeks. This is promising in the current climate, with the need to develop and evaluate novel ways of supporting patients remotely.
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: m-Health/e-health Source Type: research

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Conclusions: Admissions during lockdowns fell markedly. Possible causes include lack of interpersonal contact, that may have contributed to reduced community bacterial and viral transmission. Patient anxiety and difficulty accessing primary care may have deterred admission, with raised length of stay, and lower ambulatory proportion supporting a clinically more severe cohort.
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Epidemiology Source Type: research
Background: Many patients with COPD are at risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19. The level of psychological distress is high in this patient group, and some patients may experience worsening of anxiety during the pandemic.Aim: To explore the characteristics of patients with COPD who during the pandemic experience high versus low levels of anxiety.Methods: Patients with COPD completed questionnaires measuring general anxiety symptoms (General Anxiety Disorder-7), COPD-specific anxiety (COPD Anxiety Questionnaire), COPD symptoms (COPD Assessment Test), disease-related information and a single item assessing the e...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Psychologists and behavioural scientists Source Type: research
Conclusions: Shielding caused a significant deterioration in physical activity, which persisted when shielding instructions were relaxed. This could potentially reverse some of the benefits gained during PR and worsen long term disease-related outcomes. Pre-PRPost-PRShieldingPost-ShieldingDaily Steps 3681±20584129±22442508±1640**,*2540±1596**,*C-PPAC Total Score61±1170±13##59±13#60±12# HADs: Anxiety Depression 6±4 5±4 6±5 5±4 6±4 6±5 6±4 6±5 CCQ: Total Symptom Functional State Mental State 2.3±0.8 2.2...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Rehabilitation and chronic care Source Type: research
Conclusions: Patients with moderate to severe COPD fear dying from COVID-19 and therefore feel compelled to self-isolate. The study revealed a need for proactive contact with health professionals to calm the patients’ feelings of deprivation, loneliness, hopelessness and anxiety.
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Nurses Source Type: research
Acta Psychol (Amst). 2021 Oct 2;220:103426. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2021.103426. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) disproportionately impacts individuals with medical conditions, including with respect to their mental health. The present study investigated depression and anxiety and their correlates among individuals with medical conditions in Bangladesh.METHODS: Subjects were recruited to participate in an internet-based survey. Data were collected from November 2020 to January 2021 using convenience sampling by a semi-structured questionnaire through online platforms. Multiple re...
Source: Acta Psychologica - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Source Type: research
A version of this article also appeared in the It’s Not Just You newsletter. Sign up to get a new edition from Susanna every Saturday. Recently, researchers reported that they’d found the oldest human footprints in North America. These fossilized tracks were made more than 21,000 years ago in what is now the White Sands National Park in New Mexico. It’s hard to comprehend that span of years and how many generations of humanity have come and gone since then. These were the slighted impressions on the earth—trace markings made by bare human feet pressing into the pliant mud of ancient lake. Yet they s...
Source: TIME: Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Uncategorized It's Not Just You Source Type: news
COPD. 2021 Sep 5:1-8. doi: 10.1080/15412555.2021.1973981. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTTo limit the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing was introduced globally in the first half of 2020. COPD-patients were identified as a group at special risk in connection with the SARS-CoV-2 infection. Hence, social distancing has been important in this group of patients. However, little is known of the motives and consequences of social distancing in these vulnerable patients. The aim of this study was to explore the perspectives and experiences on social distancing among COPD-patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients in...
Source: COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Rev Cardiovasc Med. 2021 Jun 30;22(2):315-327. doi: 10.31083/j.rcm2202039.ABSTRACTThere has been an apparent association between the risks of complications with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection in patients with a history of existing chronic respiratory diseases during the pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). SARS-CoV-2 poses a severe risk in cardiopulmonary management. Moreover, chronic respiratory diseases may further amplify the risk of morbidity and mortality among the afflicted population in the pandemic era. The present review outlines the importance of pulmonary rehab...
Source: Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine - Category: Cardiology Authors: Source Type: research
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