Wearables for non-communicable diseases

Wearables

Wearables to measure physical activity in patients with non-communicable diseases

Regular physical activity is at present seen as one of the most powerful health-promoting behaviors for the general population. Additionally, more and more research is showing the prevalence of physical inactivity in different populations with chronic diseases as well as the importance of being physically active for them (e.g. patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), patients with Parkinson’s disease, cancer survivors and patients with lymphoedema). Therefore, it is beyond doubt that physical activity measurement and coaching is a highly relevant research topic. Prior evidence showed that electronic activity monitor systems (‘wearables’) could be used as an intervention modality to increase physical activity in the general population. The aim of this study is to investigate it’s capability of measuring physical activity in the sedentary, slow walking, elderly populations of COPD, Parkinson’s disease, cancer survivors and patients with lymphedema as well as in a healthy population of comparable age.

> CarEdOn primary researchers: Prof. Nele Devoogdt, Prof. An De Groef

> Research partners: Dr. Tessa De Vrieze, Dept. Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven (Belgium), Prof. Inge Geraerts, Dept. Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven (Belgium), Prof. Thierry Troosters, Dept. Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven (Belgium), Prof. Heleen Demeyer, Dept. Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven (Belgium), Prof. Wim Janssens, Laboratory of Respiratory Diseases and Thoracic Surgery (BREATHE), University Hospital Leuven (Belgium), Prof. Alice Nieuwboer, Dept. Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven (Belgium), Dr. Pieter Ginis, Dept. Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven (Belgium), Dra. Anne Asnong, Dept. Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven (Belgium)

> Funding: Internal funding of KU Leuven and University Hospitals Leuven

> Keywords: secondary edema, cancer, exercise therapy, telerehabilitation, physical activity, accelerometry

> contact: nele.devoogdt@kuleuven.be, an.degroef@kuleuven.be, tessa.devrieze@kuleuven.be

Status
Recruiting
Starting date
01/03/2019
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