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Study to explore mobile phone asthma monitoring

Experts are to analyse whether patients can use mobile phones to monitor their asthma instead of keeping a paper diary.

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen will analyse two groups of adults and teenagers - one will use paper to monitor their asthma symptoms, the other will use mobile phones.

Instantaneous feedback to the mobile phones will provide patients a visual indication of asthma control and prompts about their asthma therapy.

The team are to measure asthma control at the study start and three and six months into the study to compare the improvement of asthma symptoms between the two groups.

Dr Victoria Kind, Asthma UK's Research Development Manager, said: “An important factor contributing to poorly controlled asthma is the low expectation that some people have for the level of achievable asthma control.

“Asthma UK is, therefore, pleased to be supporting this project that aims to engage and motivate people with poorly controlled asthma to take more control of their asthma symptoms and treatment, and to understand the goal of their asthma treatment plan.”

Researcher Dermot Ryan added: “We know that many people with asthma are not as well as they could be.

“We know that the more knowledge a person has about their asthma and the more closely it is monitored the better controlled it can be.

“We hope that by using new technology in an innovative way we can help the person with asthma help themselves, with confidence.”

Asthma UK