Clinicians’ Perspectives of Wearable Technology to Detect and Monitor Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Mixed-Method Survey

Malik A. Althobiani*, Bilal Khan, Amar J. Shah, Yatharth Ranjan, Renata G. Mendes, Amos Folarin, Swapna Mandal, Joanna C. Porter, John R. Hurst

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Objective: To investigate clinicians’ perspectives on the current use of wearable technology for detecting COPD exacerbations, and to identify potential facilitators and barriers to its adoption in clinical settings. Methods: A mixed-method survey was conducted through an online survey platform involving clinicians working with COPD patients. The questionnaires were developed by an expert panel specialising in respiratory medicine at UCL. The questionnaire evaluated clinicians’ perspectives on several aspects: the current extent of wearable technology utilisation, the perceived feasibility, and utility of these devices, as well as the potential facilitators and barriers that hinder its wider implementation. Results: Data from 118 clinicians were included in the analysis. Approximately 80% of clinicians did not currently use information from wearable devices in routine clinical care. A majority of clinicians did not have confidence in the effectiveness of wearables and their consequent impact on health outcomes. However, clinicians highlighted the potential value of wearables in helping deliver personalised care and more rapid assistance. Ease of use, technical support and accessibility of data were considered facilitating factors for wearable utilisation. Costs and lack of technical knowledge were the most frequently reported barriers to wearable utilisation. Conclusion: Clinicians’ perspectives of the use of wearable technology to detect and monitor COPD exacerbations are variable. While accessibility and technical support facilitate wearable implementation, cost, technical issues, and knowledge act as barriers. Our findings highlight the facilitators and barriers to using wearables in patients with COPD and emphasise the need to assess patients’ perspectives on wearable acceptability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1401-1412
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of COPD
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • clinicians’ perspectives
  • COPD exacerbations
  • wearable technology


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