Methods: This study was approved by the IRB at Duquesne University and informed consent/assent was obtained from each subject prior to enrollment. Subjects aged 7-11 years with a diagnosis of asthma were recruited from six Pittsburgh schools. At enrollment, a pharmacist assessed asthma knowledge and an asthma specialist assessed disease severity and prescribed/adjusted controller medications where applicable. Subjects were seen at five follow-up visits over a three month period. Asthma knowledge and compliance with medical visits and controller therapy was assessed at each of these visits.
Results: Sixteen subjects were enrolled and 15 completed the study. One subject was discontinued due to inability to contact the parent/guardian for follow-up. Seven of the participants were prescribed controller therapy for persistent asthma. Among subjects completing the study, compliance with visits was 100% and asthma knowledge improved in 67%. Among those on controller therapy, 71% achieved > 80% compliance with dosing.
Conclusions: An interdisciplinary mobile model improved asthma knowledge and compliance with visits and controller therapy in this at-risk population. Future studies need to expand this sample size, assess impact on asthma control and determine sustainability of this model.