What Is the Impact of Innovative Electronic Health Interventions in Improving Treatment Adherence in Asthma? The Pediatric Perspective

Amelia Licari, Giuliana Ferrante, Gian Luigi Marseglia, MD, Giovanni Corsello, MD, Stefania La Grutta

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Abstract

Suboptimal adherence to treatment is a significant issue in the management of pediatric asthma and is a major cause of uncontrolled disease, life-threatening attacks, and increased use of health care resources. Electronic health solutions have the potential to positively impact asthma self-management in children and adolescents and their families, thereby improving treatment adherence and asthma outcomes. However, there is a lack of sufficient data to support widespread adoption of electronic health tools in pediatric asthma practice. A critical evaluation of the impact of these new interventions on treatment adherence in childhood asthma must consider unmet needs, heterogeneity of trials, safety and data security issues, long-term effects, and cost-effectiveness. This article explores the most relevant issues facing the role of electronic health and its subcategory—mobile health—in promoting treatment adherence in childhood asthma, focusing on current evidence gaps and limitations, and future research perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Adherence
  • Asthma
  • Asthma control
  • Children
  • e-Health
  • Electronic monitoring devices
  • Mobile applications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy

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