Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Tailored Online Feedback May Boost Asthma Control

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Tailored Online Feedback May Boost Asthma Control

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AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE

SAN FRANCISCO--A website designed to give people with asthma tailored feedback about whether they need to see a doctor and what questions to ask when they do may have helped improve asthma control in a randomized, controlled trial in 325 patients.

The study randomized patients to get access to one of two modules in a "patient activation website." The asthma module provided tailored feedback about patients' asthma control, helped them decide whether they needed to visit a medical provider sooner than already scheduled, and suggested questions for patients to ask their providers. The control group got access to a module that suggested questions they should ask their primary care providers about preventive services such as cancer screening.

Among 325 adults who completed 12 months of follow-up (157 in the intervention group and 168 in the control group), measures of asthma control improved significantly in both groups, with most measures improving significantly more in the intervention group compared with the control group.

Mean scores on the Asthma Control Test (ACT) increased from 17.7 at baseline to 19.9 at 12 months in the intervention group and from 17. …

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