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Multiparametric Telemonitoring In Elderly People With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (SweetAge)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi, Campus Bio-Medico University Identifier:
First received: November 8, 2011
Last updated: November 28, 2011
Last verified: November 2011
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) determines an important risk of disability and disease-related need of care. Selected interventions were able to reduce the number and the severity of exacerbations. Telemedicine has also been proposed for this purpose. Current evidences, however, are scant. The investigators present a randomized, parallel-group trial of a multiparametric remote monitoring system to test its ability to improve early exacerbation detection rates and impact on clinical outcomes.

Condition Intervention
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Procedure: Telemonitoring

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Efficacy Of Multiparametric Telemonitoring On Respiratory Outcomes In Elderly People With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

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Further study details as provided by Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi, Campus Bio-Medico University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Respiratory Events [ Time Frame: 9 months ]
    Rate of COPD exacerbations, defined as a sustained worsening of the patient's condition, from the stable state and beyond normal day-to-day variations, that is acute in onset and necessitates a change in regular medications. Rate of hospital admission for respiratory problems (COPD exacerbations, lower respiratory tract infections, respiratory failure).

Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: January 2010
Study Completion Date: June 2011
Primary Completion Date: January 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Telemonitoring Procedure: Telemonitoring
Use of wearable sensors for heart rate, haemoglobin oxygen saturation, physical activity, respiratory rate with automatic transmission to the monitoring central.
No Intervention: Usual care

Detailed Description:

All patients performed a simple spirometry that was carried out using a Stead-Wells bell spirometer (Biomedin, Padua, Italy). Upon provision of informed consent, patients in the telemonitoring group were invited to a session during which they were instructed on how to wear the wristband and to operate the cellular telephone. A study physician was available on call during office hours to assist patients needing further instructions. A technician was also available in order to solve ingoing hardware problems.

All participants were also clinically evaluated at baseline and received a multi-dimensional assessment including: Activities of daily living scale (ADL), Instrumental activities of daily living scale (IADL), Mini-mental state examination (MMSE) test. These are well validated and routinely used tools to screen geriatric patients in order to detect global, physical and instrumental autonomy and consequent degree of dependence, as well as cognitive status.

Patients in both groups were followed up for 9 months, during this period they attended the standard schedule of clinical controls. For patients in the SweetAge group, the parameters received were evaluated daily by a study physician. In case of abnormal readings, the physician systematically contacted the patient to verify whether their symptoms had worsened or new symptoms had arose. In this event, the patient's adherence to her/his therapy was checked and, if unsatisfactory, individually tailored interventions promoting adherence were carried up. Otherwise, a diagnosis of exacerbation was made and, on the basis of its severity, an outpatient clinical assessment (for mild exacerbations) or a hospital admission was scheduled.

The outcome measures of these study were: number of exacerbations (defined as a sustained worsening of the patient's condition, from the stable state and beyond normal day-to-day variations, that is acute in onset and necessitates a change in regular medications, and number of hospital admissions.


Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease stage II-III (GOLD classification)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Cognitive impairment precluding the use of the experimental device.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01481506

Sponsors and Collaborators
Campus Bio-Medico University
Principal Investigator: Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi, MD Campus BioMedico University
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi, Director, Unit of Geriatrics., Campus Bio-Medico University Identifier: NCT01481506     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 29/2009 ComEt CBM - SweetAge
Study First Received: November 8, 2011
Last Updated: November 28, 2011

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
Respiratory Tract Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017