New Internet Asthma Programs Ready for Testing

(January 13, 2011)

The American Lung Association is dedicated to providing children and families with the tools they need to manage their asthma. In partnership with the Oregon Center for Applied Science, the American Lung Association has developed two Internet-based programs for children aged 5-10 and their families.

“Lungtropolis” presents basic self-management content in a game format for children aged 5 to 10. “Lungtropolis Parents” is an adjunct website for parents with more comprehensive materials. Grounded in behavior change theory, these programs are designed to promote effective management of asthma and motivate children and parents to put what they learn into practice.

In order to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs, we are excited to announce the Child Asthma Research Study, an opportunity for families to participate in a clinical trial to test the interventions on the Internet.

Currently Seeking Research Participants

The Child Asthma Research Study is being conducted by the Oregon Center for Applied Science. Enrollment of research participants is taking place now. The research study will run from January through September 2011. Children aged 5 to 10 with asthma and one of their parents are invited to access the study website for more information.

Both children and parents will be compensated up to $75 over a 45-day period to participate in this research study. Participants will be randomly assigned to view either the Internet sites or view traditional asthma education materials in an e-book format sent via email. The study and all assessments will be conducted entirely on the Internet.

The evaluation study is part of a larger research project funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Families with children with asthma are encouraged to enroll in the Child Asthma Research Study. Your participation will help the Lung Association in furthering our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. “Through this important research, the American Lung Association will enhance asthma education for children and families,” said Susan Rappaport, Vice President of Research and Programs at the American Lung Association.