Perspectives of patients and healthcare professionals on mHealth for asthma selfmanagement

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  • External authors:
  • Andrew Simpson
  • Persijn Honkoop
  • Erika Kennington
  • Jiska B Snoeck-Stroband
  • Ian Smith
  • Jessica East
  • Courtney Coleman
  • Ann-Louise Caress
  • Kian Fan Chung
  • Jacob K Sont
  • Omar S. Usmani

Abstract

Rationale: mHealth has the potential to revolutionise the self-management of long-term medical conditions such as asthma. A user-centred design is integral if mHealth is to be embraced by patients and healthcare professionals. Objective: Determine the perspectives of individuals with asthma and healthcare professionals on the use of mHealth for asthma selfmanagement. Methods: A sequential exploratory mixed methods design was used; focus groups informed the development of questionnaires, which were disseminated to individuals with asthma and healthcare professionals. Results: Focus group participants (18 asthma patients and five healthcare professionals) identified 12 potential uses of mHealth. Questionnaire results showed that individuals with asthma (n=186) most frequently requested a mHealth system to monitor asthma over time (72%) and to collect data to present to healthcare teams (70%). In contrast, a system alerting patients to deteriorating asthma control (86%) and advising them when to seek medical attention (87%) was most frequently selected by healthcare professionals (n=63). Individuals with asthma were less likely than healthcare professionals (P<0.001) to believe that assessing medication adherence and inhaler technique could improve asthma control. Conclusion: Our data provide strong support for mHealth for asthma self-management, but highlight fundamental differences between the perspectives of patients and healthcare professionals.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Article number1601966
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
Volume49
Issue number5
Early online date1 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017