Research Project: Leveraging mHealth Technology to Improve Utilization of Single Maintenance and Reliever Therapy among Adults with Asthma
social behavioral research
Funded by The Jeanette Casano Catalyst Award
Asthma is a major cause of chronic lung disease for adults in the United States, affecting over 20 million people. Use of a single inhaler for daily asthma maintenance and relief Single Maintenance and Reliever Therapy (SMART) when patients are having worsening symptoms significantly reduces asthma exacerbations and improves asthma medication adherence. While use of SMART is now incorporated into national asthma guidelines, it is not widely used in the clinical setting, in part due to patient-related factors. Our preliminary data shows that pulmonologists prescribe SMART infrequently as they are concerned patients do not know how to use it or are unwilling to transition their inhaler regimen to SMART. We will identify patient self-management supports needed to use SMART. This information will allow us to develop and pilot a mobile health education and self-management intervention for adults with asthma that is acceptable and feasible, promoting clinician and patient adoption of SMART.