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Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name used to refer to a number of progressive devastating and debilitating lung diseases, which includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. People that have COPD typically feel breathless after physical activity, have a persistent cough with phlegm and suffer frequently from chest infections. There is no cure for the condition, but making lifestyle changes (such as stopping smoking) and taking medications (inhalers and/or tablets) can alleviate symptoms. Staying physically active is vital for successful self-management of COPD, although people with COPD often find that they are not as physically active as they were. This research will answer key questions regarding how best to develop and deliver an accessible digital health intervention aimed at motivating people with COPD to increase their level of physical activity, building on our previous experience of developing web-based materials for people with varied levels of literacy, health literacy and computer skills.

Who can participate?
People with COPD from participating GP practices in the Southampton area.

What does the study involve?
This study compares different types of online materials for people with COPD to see which is more helpful. To find this out, participants are randomly allocated into one of two groups. Those in group 1 are given access to an interactive web-based programme. Those in group 2 are given access to standard online written materials. All participants are then assessed in terms of their attitude towards physical activity and whether they will do more, how easy they found using the website, how much they liked using the website and also how much they know about their condition.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
We don’t expect the study to involve any risk to participants. They may not like the website, but they will be able to log off or close the browser if that is the case. Potential benefits are that participants may learn new information about COPD and be motivated to improve their self-management.

Where is the study run from?
University of Southampton (UK)

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
July 2015 to February 2016

Who is funding the study?
National Institute for Health Research (UK)

Who is the main contact?
Dr Ingrid Muller

Trial website

Contact information



Primary contact

Dr Ingrid Muller


Contact details

University of Southampton
University Road
SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

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Study information

Scientific title

Digital interventions to promote physical activity for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)


Study hypothesis

Can interactive digital materials enhance people with COPDs engagement and motivation to increase physical activity compared to standard written materials?

Ethics approval

Newcastle and North Tyneside REC, 24/04/2015, ref: 15/NE/0153

Study design

Feasibility randomised controlled trial

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Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

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Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use contact details to request a participant information sheet


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


An interactive digital intervention to promote physical activity will be compared to standard online written materials.

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Primary outcome measures

Attitudes and intentions to physical activity; Timepoint(s): immediately post-intervention

Secondary outcome measures

1. User engagement
2. Enablement
3. Website satisfaction
4. COPD knowledge

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Participant inclusion criteria

Patients with COPD aged 18 years or more, who are able to consent.

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Target number of participants

Planned Sample Size: 100; UK Sample Size: 100

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Inability to read / speak English
2. Potential difficulties, for instance; severe mental health problems, palliative care, recent bereavement, known opposition to involvement in research or inability to complete research measures

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Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

University of Southampton
University Road
SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

Sponsor information


University of Southampton

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Aldermoor Health Centre
Aldermoor Close
SO16 5ST
United Kingdom

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National Institute for Health Research

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government organisation

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Federal/National Government


United Kingdom

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Study results will be published in peer-reviewed journals and disseminated at academic conferences.

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Not provided at time of registration

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