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Physical performance across the life span (PAL)

Research group The research area includes studies in respiration, cardiology, neurology and health in old age with focus on physical performance and physical activity for improved health. We develop and evaluate interventions in addition to methods for e-health and implementation.

Ongoing research within the research area:

Development and evaluation of KOL-webben – a tool for increased health in persons with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

The aim is to study KOL-webben as a tool for implementation of evidence based interventions for people with COPD in the primary health care and thereby contribute to an improved or maintained level of functioning and quality of life.

The Umeå Dementia and Exercise (UMDEX) Study

The aim of the UMDEX Study is to evaluate effects of a high-intensity functional exercise program in older people with dementia. Among the outcomes of interest are activities of daily living (ADL), falls, cognitive and physical function, and depressive symptoms.

The Ambox Study - Effect of ambulatory oxygen on physical capacity, physical activity level and health related quality of life in COPD patients with exercise induced hypoxemia

In a randomized, controlled multicenter study we explore how patients with COPD and exercise induced hypoxemia are affected by using oxygen during physical exercise. We study the effect on physical capacity, level of physical activity and health related quality of life.

KOL-kollen – a web-based system for monitoring lung function, symptoms and oxygen saturation at home in patients with COPD

The aim of the study is to evaluate if a web-based system can detect early signs of exacerbations in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD. We also investigate patients experience of having a web-based system at home in an interview study.



The overall aim of COPD-HIIT is to pave the way for new understanding of the development and treatment of extrapulmonary manifestations of COPD with a focus on brain health, muscle quality, and cardiac functions.

Head of research

Andre Nyberg
Associate professor


Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation

Research area

Public health and health care science
Latest update: 2023-02-03