Georgia Tech’s Study on Simple Asthma Prevention “A Text Message a Day Keeps the Pulmonologist Away”

Research carried out by Dr. Rosa I. Arriaga, development psychologist, and Dr. Tae Jung Yun, Former Ph.D Student, of Georgia Tech shows how asthma can be thwarted by a simple measure of prevention: texting. The study involved asking children questions, by text message, about their asthma symptoms over a four month period of time. Results showed, after speaking to the childrens’ doctors and caregivers, that their understanding of asthma and clinical health improved significantly.

An interesting statistic covered in the study showed that less than 30% of teenagers regularly use their inhalers. This low adherence to medication is dangerous and could potentially cause more trips to the doctors office.

“Simply sending children with asthma a text message each day asking about their symptoms and providing knowledge about their condition can lead to improved health outcomes.”

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