Instructions for Use

Revision: 12, 2023-08-10

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Table of contents

Welcome to Kaia COPD: My Active COPD Therapy

  1. The Kaia COPD therapy concept
    1. How Kaia COPD works
    2. When can Kaia COPD be used? (intended use and indications)
    3. When should Kaia COPD not be used? (contraindications)
    4. Known side effects of Kaia COPD
  2. Your daily program
    1. Course overview
    2. Physical exercises
    3. Kaia motion analysis technology
    4. Relaxation and breathing practices
    5. Theory sessions
  3. Kaia COPD
    1. The “Today” tab
    2. The “Progress” tab
    3. The “Browse” tab
    4. The “Support” tab
    5. The “Settings” tab
  4. Building habits
    1. Make concrete plans
    2. Set realistic goals
    3. Don’t get discouraged
  5. Getting in touch
  6. Technical information
    1. Install the app
    2. Uninstall the app
    3. Update the app


  1. Hardware and software compatibility
  2. Label* & symbols

Welcome to Kaia COPD: My Active COPD Therapy

Thank you for choosing Kaia COPD to improve the way you manage your chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Congratulations on taking the first step.

The Kaia COPD program can be done in just a few minutes per day. All you need is enough space to move and relax, as well as a stable Internet connection for your smartphone or tablet. This document contains important information to help you get started with Kaia COPD. Keep in mind that your doctor is still the best person to provide you with information about your diagnosis and answer any medical questions you might have. If you have questions about signing up for Kaia COPD or reimbursement through your private or statutory health insurance, please contact our Customer Support via support@kaiahealth.de.

Let’s get started!

1. The Kaia COPD therapy concept

WARNING: Please read these instructions carefully before use. Before using Kaia COPD, consult a doctor to make sure you are cleared to be physically active with COPD.

1.1 How Kaia COPD works

Kaia COPD is a digital application based on pulmonary rehabilitation, a clinically validated lung-health program. This means through different therapy elements, Kaia COPD encourages you to be physically active every day and to more actively manage your COPD.

Kaia COPD combines several approaches that have proven to be particularly effective when used together.

Your therapy starts with a questionnaire to determine your exercise capacity. With this questionnaire, we can get an idea of how you're currently managing your COPD. Your answers allow us to tailor the workouts to your symptom severity and exercise ability.

We advise our users to follow the instructions as closely as possible. This way you can use Kaia COPD safely and get the most out of the program.

Kaia COPD should ideally be used between 3 and 7 times a week, unless you have been instructed otherwise by your doctor.

WARNING: If you experience any sudden discomfort such as chest pain or increased shortness of breath during or after using Kaia COPD, stop the exercise immediately and consult a doctor.

1.2 When can Kaia COPD be used (intended use and indications)?

Kaia COPD is a medical product based on the concept of pulmonary rehabilitation for use by people with COPD. Each time the app is used, Kaia delivers new course units to promote physical activity and to help people proactively manage their COPD. Kaia COPD supports people aged 18 years or older with a diagnosis of COPD (J44.-) as long as contraindications and other causes for symptoms which require specific therapy are excluded. Kaia COPD cannot diagnose conditions or injuries and cannot replace a medical consultation.

1.3 When should Kaia COPD not be used (contraindications)?

WARNING: You should only use Kaia COPD if you do not have any of the contraindications listed below and if your doctor has cleared you for physical exercise.

Do not use Kaia COPD if you have trouble understanding any part of the instructions or if you do not speak English well enough to fully understand the instructions given in the app. Do not use Kaia COPD if you are under 18 years of age.

Contraindications with ICD-10 code

Relative contraindications with ICD-10 code

Only use Kaia COPD after a thorough consultation with your doctor if you have any of the conditions mentioned below (relative contraindications):

1.4 Known side effects

The following side effects have been reported with regular physical activity and with the use of Kaia COPD:

If these complaints persist for longer than a few days, please consult your doctor.

2. Your daily program

Kaia COPD offers an extensive training program that includes education, workouts, and relaxation courses. Kaia COPD is unique because it provides a new, personalized mix of your therapy program every day.


From the “Today” tab, you can start your sessions of your selected courses. To begin an exercise, tap on a course and then select “Start.”

2.1 Course overview

You can customize your daily program by joining and leaving courses. To enroll in a course, select the “Settings” tab on the bottom of the screen. From the “Settings” screen, select “Course enrollment” to see an overview of your courses.


Tap on a course to add it to your daily schedule. The courses you are enrolled in are marked with a dark blue check-mark icon. You can leave courses at any time—the only course that is a fixed part of your therapy program is the workout course. Each course consists of several modules. In your daily program, you’ll receive one module or exercise each day for every course in which you are enrolled. If all daily units are finished, the day will be marked as complete.

2.2 Physical exercises

Physical exercises are the cornerstone of your daily therapy program. Kaia COPD will select the best physical exercises for you every day based on the answers you provided when you completed your questionnaire and the feedback you give after each exercise session. To start your daily physical exercise session, select “Workout” in the “Today” tab and tap on “Start” button.

You can adjust the length of the workout by selecting the desired length of training lengths or number of exercise rounds before beginning your workout. Once you start your Daily Program, the exercise videos will be loaded into Kaia COPD.

Therefore, we recommend connecting to WiFi each time you use Kaia COPD to ensure best performance. If you choose not to connect to WiFi, please check with your network service provider regarding data usage and overages.

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