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Clinical Trials

Improving Medication Adherence with Telehealthcare Medication Therapy Management to Change Health Outcomes in Adolescents and Young Adults with Asthma (MATCH)

Institution:

Nationwide

Type:

Multi-Center Trial

Purpose:

The ACRC network is studying whether having regular video calls with a pharmacist using a smart phone or computer will help adolescents and young adults with asthma to regularly take their prescribed inhaled medications and have fewer asthma symptoms.

Dates:

October 1, 2019 - October 1, 2021

Disease:

Asthma

This research is being done to find out if having regular video calls with a pharmacist, using a smart phone or computer, will result in improved control of asthma symptoms. On the call, the participant and the pharmacist will discuss any questions or problems with taking medications, how to properly use the inhalers, and reasons for taking the medications as prescribed.

Participants will be given electronic sensors to attach to their inhalers and will download an application (app) onto their smart phone. The sensors and app will be used to set reminders for taking medications and to record and display the use of the inhalers (see picture below). The sensors and application are called Propeller sensors (www.propellerhealth.com).

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How does the study work?

This study will last about 13 months. People who are eligible for the study and agree to join will be randomly assigned to one of two groups:

One group of participants will have eight video calls with a pharmacist and use the Propeller sensors attached to their inhalers and app on their smart phone to help with managing inhaler use. 

The other group will use the Propeller sensors attached to their inhalers and app on their smart phone to help with managing inhaler use.

All enrolled participants will have one phone call and four visits to the study center to review their lung function and how well their asthma is controlled.

Who is eligible to enroll in the study?

Adolescents and young adults who are 14 years though 30 years old, have asthma, and have been prescribed an inhaled corticosteroid medication may join this study. The Improving Medication Adherence with Telehealthcare Medication Therapy Management to Change Health Outcomes in Adolescents and Young Adults with Asthma (MATCH) trial is being conducted at ACRC centers around the country. A list of centers is provided below.

Does it cost anything to enroll?

It is free to enroll in this study. The Propeller sensors will be provided to participants free of charge and there is no cost for the app.  If you are in the video calls group, we encourage you to conduct the calls using Wi-Fi to avoid impacting data limits on your cell phone plan.

Study participants will receive payments for their time and expenses. There will be no charge for study visits or clinical examinations.

The study is sponsored by the American Lung Association and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). If you are interested in learning more about joining this important study, please contact the center closest to you.

Below is a list of recruiting centers.

If you are interested in participating in this trial, please contact the center nearest you at the link below.

https://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/research/airways-clinical-research-centers/locations.html

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