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OnTrack closing event

OnTRACK (On Time to Rethink Activity Knowledge: A personalized mHealth coaching platform to tackle physical inactivity in COPD) was a 4-year research project that started in 2018 and ended in 2022, having its closing event last September 19 at the Health Innovation Hub of the Polytechnic of Leiria. The goal of the OnTRACK is to promote effective physical activity behaviors in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) through the development of an innovative digital platform for personalised coaching. Joana Cruz, researcher at ciTechCare was the principal investigator of the project, alongside with Alda Marques from the Respiratory Research and

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Telemonitoring in hypertensive patients with exercise prescription is at the origin of an innovative project and article with international recognition 

Pedro Morouço, researcher of ciTechCare, together with other physical exercise professionals, published a systematic review about the impact telemonitoring has on hypertension control. Hypertension is a growing problem in daily society, and specialists expected that all over the Europe, around 35 to 40% of population is hypertensive and, in Portugal, the prevalence of hypertensive adults is around 42,6%. The systematic review resulted in the analysis of 19 eligible articles and the conclusion was that physical exercise really contributes to the control of hypertension and on people with co-morbidities, like heart failure, improve their functional resistance. According to Pedro Morouço, “the

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International Project for Oral Health promotion receives ERASMUS+ grant

Accessing to oral health services is not an easy process, specially for vulnerable patient groups, such as frail older people, people with severe mental illness, and people with an intellectual disability.  Also, research shows that oral care professionals, nursing professionals and social work professionals are lacking the knowledge and skills needed to ensure good oral care for this patient groups.  In order to contribute to a better and easier access to oral health services in this specific population, an international collaboration was created between ACTA (Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam) and Inholland University of Applied Sciences, both universities from the Netherlands, University of Montpellier, in

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Polytechnic of Leiria (PL) and Leiria Hospital Center (CHL) regularized a protocol for the use of the cardiopulmonary exercise test

December 21, was the chosen day to formalize a collaboration protocol for investigation and development, using together the stress test equipment (CPET), between both PL and CHL. This equipment of the Polytechnic of Leiria is located at the Pneumology Healthcare Service at the Leiria Hospital Center (CHL). The cardiopulmonary stress test will be used both by Polytechnic of Leiria and CHL, under the coordination of each supervisor, assuring the operational protocol control. Both entities will share knowledge, scientific and technical faculties in CPET among their professionals on the research projects development, graduated and post graduated training of students and professionals

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SAVETRACK enables to monitor patients at the urgent care

SaveTrack project aims to supervise and to alert health professionals about the essential clinic parameters of patients from the urgent care. “The project goes through the reconstruction and reorganization of the pathway that undergoes at the urgent care”, which motivates the “understanding of who is going to need those sensors and the way the follow-up will be held, trying not to overpressure the healthcare professionals”, says Maria Guarino, coordinator of Center for Innovative Care and Health Technology – ciTechCare and one of the researchers that lead the SAFETRACK study. Leiria Hospital Center invited the polytechnic of Leiria’s researchers to join

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Physical activity promotion in COPD

Today is the World COPD Day. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic and progressive respiratory disease manifested by decreased lung function, associated with symptoms such as shortness of breath and reduced exercise tolerance.To mark this date, we share one of the research projects currently taking place at ciTechCare, the OnTRACK project, which aims to promote physical activity for people with COPD through a mobile application where they can have access to personalized goals adjusted to their condition, with the supervision of a health professional. People with COPD who remain physically active have a better quality of life and

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