Interactive Website Helps Improve Parents’ Asthma Treatment Compliance

Parents of children with asthma can find it challenging to comply with medical treatment guidelines. However, the results of a new study from Seattle Children’s Research Institute show that online tools can help.

In the study, parents used an interactive web site called “My Child’s Asthma” to help them keep track of their child’s medication usage.

The vast majority of families enrolled in our study liked using ‘My Child’s Asthma,’ and wanted to continue using it. 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.”

—Dr. Dimitri Christakis, MD, MPH, Seattle Children’s Research Institute

The researchers found that with the help of the web site, parents’ compliance with asthma controller medication usage guidelines improved.

“My Child’s Asthma” web site user interface. (Photo: Seattle Children’s Research Institute.)

Goals for the site included increasing positive beliefs about asthma management, optimizing care by increasing provider-prescribed controllers for children with persistent asthma, and promoting controller compliance among children on controllers.

The study was supported by a grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health.

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