Home telemonitoring and quality of life in stable, optimised chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

J Telemed Telecare. 2010;16(5):253-9. doi: 10.1258/jtt.2009.090907. Epub 2010 May 18.


We conducted a six-month randomised controlled trial of home telemonitoring for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A total of 40 stable patients with moderate to severe COPD who had completed pulmonary rehabilitation took part. They were randomised to receive standard care (controls) or standard care plus home telemonitoring (intervention). During the monitoring period, patients in the telemonitoring group recorded their symptoms and physical observations twice daily. The data were transmitted automatically at night via the home telephone line. Nurses could access the data through a website and receive alerting email messages if certain conditions were detected. The patients completed the St George's Respiratory Questionnaire, Hospital Anxiety and Depression and the EuroQoL EQ-5D quality of life scores before and after pulmonary rehabilitation, and then periodically during the trial. There were significant and clinically important improvements in the scores immediately following pulmonary rehabilitation, but thereafter there were no differences in quality of life scores between the groups at any time, or consistently within either group over time. The study showed that telemonitoring was safe but, despite being well used, it was not associated with changes in quality of life in patients who had stable COPD.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychometrics
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / rehabilitation*
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Telemedicine*
  • Telephone