NEWS | PROJECTS

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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Device for hand functionality assessment and training

In partnership with the companies GLN Plast, Exatronic and the Institute of Telecommunications of Aveiro, researchers from ciTechCare integrated in the School of Health Sciences and School of Technology and Management of the Polytechnic of Leiria are developing a medical device for the assessment and training of various parameters of hand functionality. This project was recently awarded in the scope of “InovC+: Ecosystem of Intelligent Innovation in the Central Region”, with support from the European Fund for Regional Development. This program aims to reinforce the Innovation Ecosystem in the Center Region of Portugal. +INFO: https://www.ipleiria.pt/in-market-6-de-dezembro/https://noticias.uc.pt/artigos/inov-c-2020-lancado-para-reforcar-o-ecossistema-de-inovacao-da-regiao-centro-de-portugal/

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Unique approach to cardiac rehabilitation

ciTechCare was again in the news of the Jornal de Leiria on December 11th, where an innovative project was presented that will create and test a new approach to prescribing exercise training in cardiac rehabilitation programs, based on direct assessment of the autonomic nervous system. The research project ‘2ARTs -Accessing Autonomic Control in Cardiac RehabiliTaTion’, led by Rui Fonseca-Pinto, a researcher at ciTechCare and the director of @ESSLei, and with the collaboration of the Centro Hospitalar de Leiria, was funded with 230 thousand euros and was ranked in the top ten out of 420 in the panel of Clinical Engineering

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Bruno Carreira, ciTechCare investigator, leads one of the 10 pilot-projects promoted by DGS to create a physical exercise medical appointment in primary healthcare centers

Bruno Carreira, MD, PhD, general practitioner at the Santiago Primary Care Unit in Leiria, ciTechCare researcher and Professor at School of Health Sciences of Polytechnic, is the principal investigator of a pilot project of the Directorate-General for Health that aims to analyze the benefits of targeted physical exercise and its impact on the quality of life of the users, as well as evaluating the cost-benefit of applying this measure compared to the costs of medication and treatment. On February 27, 2019, a cooperation protocol was signed between Polytechnic of Leiria, Santiago de Leiria Family Health Unit, Leiria City Hall, Pinhal

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‘Reabilitação Respiratória em Rede’, an online platform developed in a project developed by the University of Aveiro in partnership with ciTechCare

Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is an evidence-based intervention for the management of patients with COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases. Despite the well-established evidence of its benefits, PR is practically non-existent in Portugal. The few existing programmes have been developed in a hospital setting, with less than 1% of the ‘candidate’ patients having access to it. Therefore, the project ‘Revitalizing Pulmonary Rehabilitation’ (3R – SAICT-POL/23926/2016), of the University of Aveiro in co-promotion with the Polytechnic of Leiria, has sought to increase access and equity in the health of this population through the development of PR programmes in the community and the dissemination of

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