A randomized trial of an Asthma Internet Self-management Intervention (RAISIN): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Morrison, D. , Wyke, S. , Thomson, N. C., McConnachie, A. , Agur, K., Saunderson, K., Chaudhuri, R. and Mair, F. S. (2014) A randomized trial of an Asthma Internet Self-management Intervention (RAISIN): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 15, p. 185. (doi:10.1186/1745-6215-15-185) (PMID:24884722)

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Abstract

<b>Background</b><p></p> The financial costs associated with asthma care continue to increase while care remains suboptimal. Promoting optimal self-management, including the use of asthma action plans, along with regular health professional review has been shown to be an effective strategy and is recommended in asthma guidelines internationally. Despite evidence of benefit, guided self-management remains underused, however the potential for online resources to promote self-management behaviors is gaining increasing recognition. The aim of this paper is to describe the protocol for a pilot evaluation of a website 'Living well with asthma' which has been developed with the aim of promoting self-management behaviors shown to improve outcomes.<p></p> <b>Methods</b><p></p> The study is a parallel randomized controlled trial, where adults with asthma are randomly assigned to either access to the website for 12 weeks, or usual asthma care for 12 weeks (followed by access to the website if desired). Individuals are included if they are over 16-years-old, have a diagnosis of asthma with an Asthma Control Questionnaire (ACQ) score of greater than, or equal to 1, and have access to the internet. Primary outcomes for this evaluation include recruitment and retention rates, changes at 12 weeks from baseline for both ACQ and Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (AQLQ) scores, and quantitative data describing website usage (number of times logged on, length of time logged on, number of times individual pages looked at, and for how long). Secondary outcomes include clinical outcomes (medication use, health services use, lung function) and patient reported outcomes (including adherence, patient activation measures, and health status).<p></p> <b>Discussion</b><p></p> Piloting of complex interventions is considered best practice and will maximise the potential of any future large-scale randomized controlled trial to successfully recruit and be able to report on necessary outcomes. Here we will provide results across a range of outcomes which will provide estimates of efficacy to inform the design of a future full-scale randomized controlled trial of the 'Living well with asthma' website.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wyke, Professor Sally and McConnachie, Dr Alex and Chaudhuri, Dr Rekha and Thomson, Professor Neil and Saunderson, Dr Kathryn and Morrison, Dr Deborah and Mair, Professor Frances and Agur, Dr Karolina
Authors: Morrison, D., Wyke, S., Thomson, N. C., McConnachie, A., Agur, K., Saunderson, K., Chaudhuri, R., and Mair, F. S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Robertson Centre
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:Trials
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:1745-6215
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Morrison et al.
First Published:First published in Trials 15:185
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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