Hyekyun Rhee, chair of nursing science at the University of Rochester's (UR) School of Nursing, has developed ways to help teens with asthma better manage their condition.
She enlisted the help of UR professor James Allen to devise the Mobile Phone-Based Self-Management Aid for Adolescents, which is designed to understand texting terminology, as well as words that would indicate symptoms, activities, or medications.
In a pilot study, teens and parents who used it in a two-week trial reported better asthma self-management by teens and a better teen-parent partnership in managing the condition.
Rhee also worked with UR professor Mark Bocko on the Automated Device for Asthma Monitoring, which monitors coughs 24 hours a day in conjunction with activity levels using a built-in accelerometer. The data can be downloaded to mobile devices or a computer to see daily, weekly, or monthly patterns of symptoms and adjust medication or behavior.
Rhee also has received a $3-million grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to lead a randomized, controlled study to test the Peer-led Asthma Self-Management for Adolescents Program in Buffalo, Baltimore, and Memphis.
From University of Rochester NewsCenter
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