Trend of FEV1 in Cystic Fibrosis patients: A telehomecare experience

Gianluca Castelnuovo, Fabrizio Murgia, Irene Tagliente, Italo Zoppis, Giancarlo Mauri, Francesco Sicurello, Francesco Bella, Vanessa Mercuri, Eugenio Santoro, Sergio Bella

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Since 2001, in the Cystic Fibrosis Center of the Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesù in Rome, we use telemedicine for monitoring of our patients. While in our first published works reporting this experience, we showed statistically significant reduction in hospital admissions and a tendency over time towards a better stability of the respiratory function for telehomecare (THC) patients, here we focus on the trend of the Forced Expiratory Volume in the first second (FEV1). In particular, we investigate the evolution of the clinical trend of the FEV1 index, by monitoring the activities of home patients from 2011 to 2014. THC is applied in addition to the standard therapeutic protocol by following 16 Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients with specialized doctors. Our results show that THC patients improve their FEV1 values with a trend which can be considered significantly better than the one reported by the control group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-273
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2016 IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communication, ISCC 2016 - Messina
Duration: 27 Jun 20161 Jul 2016


  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications1707 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Mathematics (all)
  • Signal Processing
  • Software

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