Project: Autonomy, Motivation & Individual Self-Management for COPD patients

Acronym AMICA (Reference Number: aal-2008-1-176)
Duration 01/04/2009 - 01/04/2012
Project Topic Our proposal AMICA is aimed at the disease management and medical care of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. COPD is a lung disease that may progressively lead to death. About 210 million people suffer from COPD worldwide. Nowadays COPD is the fourth leading cause of dead worldwide. Increase in tobacco use and the exposure to smoke from the combustion of solid fuels indoors enforce the increase of COPD occurrence. Primarily COPD is diagnosed in elderly people older than 50. The course of COPD involves a reduction of general conditions, performance and quality of life. Most of the COPD patients need of care within the progress of the disease. So, COPD also takes influence on COPD patients? family member carers? life. There are common known problems in the management of patients with COPD that influence the extent economic costs and the progress of this disease. In particular, these problems consist in the inadequate patient education, lack of patient compliance to medication and failure to detect early symptoms of exacerbations before the patient requires emergency department admission and / or hospitalisation. The target of our project AMICA is closing this gap of adequate COPD management. AMICA challenges the long-term COPD disease management concerning: - Optimized care processes and prevention by integration of medical and technical innovations - Reduction of COPD exacerbations and hospitalisations - Potential for self-management and individual responsibility - Amelioration of health, physical capacity and life quality - Therapy compliance and withdrawal of tobacco.
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Forschungszentrum Informatik Germany
Foundation for Biomedical Research Management of Cadiz Spain
Innovaciones Sociosanitarias S.L. Spain
Institute of Communication and Computer Systems Greece
MSC Gleichmann Spain
Universidad de Cádiz Spain
Vitaphone GmbH Germany