Living with asthma and chronic obstructive airways disease: using technology to support self-management – an overview

Morrison, D. , Mair, F. S. , Yardley, L., Kirby, S. and Thomas, M. (2017) Living with asthma and chronic obstructive airways disease: using technology to support self-management – an overview. Chronic Respiratory Disease, 14(4), pp. 407-419. (doi: 10.1177/1479972316660977) (PMID:27512084)

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Long-term respiratory conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are common, and cause high levels of morbidity and mortality. Supporting self-management is advocated for both asthma and increasingly so for COPD, and there is growing interest in the potential role of a range of new technologies, such as smartphone apps, the web or telehealth to facilitate and promote self-management in these conditions. Treatment goals for both asthma and COPD include aiming to control symptoms, maintain activities, achieve the best possible quality of life and minimize risks of exacerbation. To do this, health professionals should be (a) helping patients to recognize deteriorating symptoms and act appropriately; (b) promoting adherence to maintenance therapy; (c) promoting a regular review where triggers can be established, and strategies for managing such triggers discussed; and (d) promoting healthy lifestyles and positive self-management of symptoms. In particular, low uptake of asthma action plans is a modifiable contributor to morbidity and possibly also to mortality in those with asthma and should be addressed as a priority. Using technology to support self-management is an evolving strategy that shows promise. This review provides an overview of self-management support and discusses how newer technologies may help patients and health professionals to meet key treatment goals.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Morrison, Dr Deborah and Mair, Professor Frances
Authors: Morrison, D., Mair, F. S., Yardley, L., Kirby, S., and Thomas, M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:Chronic Respiratory Disease
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1479-9731
Published Online:10 August 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Chronic Respiratory Disease 14(4): 407-419
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
571401Development of an internet based asthma self care management toolFrances MairScottish Executive Health Department (SEHHD-CSO)CAF/11/08IHW - GENERAL PRACTICE & PRIMARY CARE