The gold standard of care
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) mandated in 2019 that people with COPD should receive an individualised and comprehensive self-management plan. The gold standard care for COPD is pulmonary rehabilitation - a specialised programme of exercise and education – but there are many other issues that COPD patients can experience in self-managing their care. Patients have to learn a host of new information on their condition including how to use emergency antibiotic kits for repeat chest infections, inhaler techniques, pulmonary rehab exercises, medications management, mindfulness during breathless and anxiety attacks and more.
myCOPD – an eHealth app developed by UK company, my mHealth – is proven to be as effective as pulmonary rehabilitation. An NHS Approved, comprehensive self-management tool for COPD patients, it empowers them to self-manage their condition with confidence by allowing patients to set achievable goals. Research has demonstrated that it can improve inhaler technique, reduce symptom scores, and reduce the number of exacerbations and hospital admissions.
However, prior to this collaborative project, it was underutilised in some care pathways.