For patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), breathlessness is commonplace. When this breathlessness goes beyond that of normal day-to-day variation, patients are often admitted to hospital.

When patients return home, they are usually less active and more sedentary than before they were admitted, putting them at risk of being readmitted to hospital.

In this programme, patients receive real-time feedback on their behaviour (sitting time, stand-ups, step count and lying down time) through a wearable device. The device also provides vibration prompts to stand up or move when the patient has been sitting for too long.

COPD Sitting and Exacerbations Trial (SEAT) aims to evaluate the feasibility of a two-week intervention to reduce prolonged periods of sitting at home when patients return home following hospital admission for an exacerbation of their COPD.



  • 33 patients and 31 hospital staff were recruited from Glenfield Hospital, Leicestershire, UK.

Find out more about the study.