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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:22 am 
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Web-based Tool Helps Parents Improve on Kids’ Asthma Treatment


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The website, called “My Child’s Asthma,” queried more than 600 parents enrolled in the study automatically without healthcare staff time, making the site both effective and low cost. Typical questions asked include: “During a recent typical week, on how many days has your child used quick-relief medicine?” and “How often has your child had chest tightness, cough shortness of breath or wheezing?” The site was developed to increase positive beliefs about asthma management, optimize care by increasing provider-prescribed controllers for children with persistent asthma, and promote controller compliance among children on controllers.

“My Child’s Asthma” gathered information from parents and applied algorithms to determine asthma severity, home care practices and parental beliefs related to administration of controller on a daily basis (e.g. positive and negative outcomes expectations and self-efficacy). The website also provided feedback to parents on their child’s asthma symptoms at each successive visit and allowed participants to set goals for themselves. For example, if a child was on controller medications but not taking them regularly, parents could select, “I will give my child her controller as directed by her doctor” or “I will make an appointment to discuss my son’s controller usage with his doctor.”

“The vast majority of families enrolled in our study liked using ‘My Child’s Asthma,’ and wanted to continue using it,” said Dr. Christakis, who is also a University of Washington professor of pediatrics. “Sustainability is always an issue. But there are numerous benefits from this type of website for the child who has fewer asthma attacks and, subsequently, less hospital and emergency room visits. Parents will have fewer worries about their child’s medical care and the site provides cost savings for the insurer.”


http://www.seattlechildrens.org/Press-R ... Treatment/

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