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BACKGROUND : Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, representing a major public health problem. Researchers have been looking for new technologies and methods for patient monitoring with the intention of an early identification of acute exacerbation events. Many of these works have been focusing in breathing rate variation, while achieving unsatisfactory sensitivity and/or specificity. This study aims to identify breathing features that better describe respiratory pattern changes in a short-term adjustment of the load-capacity-drive balance, using exercising data.

RESULTS : Under any tested circumstances, breathing rate alone leads to poor capability of classifying rest and effort periods. The best performances were achieved when using Fourier coefficients or when combining breathing rate with the signal amplitude and/or ARIMA coefficients.

CONCLUSIONS : Breathing rate alone is a quite poor feature in terms of prediction of breathing change and the addition of any of the other proposed features improves the classification power. Thus, the combination of features may be considered for enhancing exacerbation prediction methods based in the breathing signal.

TRIAL REGISTRATION : ClinicalTrials NCT03753386. Registered 27 November 2018,

Pegoraro Juliana Alves, Lavault Sophie, Wattiez Nicolas, Similowski Thomas, Gonzalez-Bermejo Jésus, Birmelé Etienne


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Classification, Novelty detection, Respiratory pattern, Telemonitoring