Assessing the use of BreatheSmart® mobile technology in adult patients with asthma: a remote observational study.

Publication Date: 
Oct 26, 2017

INTRODUCTION: Non-adherence to asthma daily controller medications is a common problem, reported to be responsible for 60% of asthma-related hospitalisations. The mean level of adherence for asthma medications is estimated to be as low as 22%. Therefore, objective measurements of adherence to medicine are necessary. This virtual observational study is designed to measure the usability of an electronic monitoring device platform that measures adherence. Understanding how patients use the BreatheSmart mobile technology at home is essential to assess its feasibility as a solution to improve medication adherence. We anticipate this approach can be applied to real-world environments as a cost-effective solution to improve medication adherence.

METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This is a virtual 6-month observational study of 100 adults (≥18 years) with an asthma diagnosis, using inhaled corticosteroids for at least 3 months. Participants will be recruited in the USA through ad placements online. All participants receive wireless Bluetooth-enabled inhaler sensors that track medication usage and an mSpirometer(TM) capable of clinical-grade lung function measurements, and download the BreatheSmart mobile application that transmits data to a secure server. All analyses are based on an intention-to-treat. Usability is assessed by patient questionnaires and question sessions. Simple paired t-test is used to assess significant change in Asthma Control Test score, quality of life (EuroQol-5D questionnaire) and lung function.

ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: No ethical or safety concerns pertain to the collection of these data. Results of this research are planned to be published as soon as available.