Project: A4A Connected+

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Apps, devices and connected asthma: exploring potential, developing and refining prototypes and understanding practicalities to support self-management for people with asthma

Asthma self-management with an action plan leads to better day to day control of asthma symptoms, less time off work or school and also reduces the risk of an asthma attack.

Emerging technologies such as smart inhalers, artificial intelligence and the internet-of-things (smart gadgets connect to the internet to auto collect and transfer data) can support you to manage your asthma. When these emerging technologies work together to help people to manage asthma, we called them ‘connected asthma’ technology.

What we know: From our previous study, we know that action plans, monitoring with feedback, allergy/weather warnings, tailor-made running coaching are the features that people most want in an app. Healthcare professionals support can encourage people download and use suitable apps.

This study: We want to expand our understanding from app to ‘connected asthma’ technologies, and explore what features that people want to see in the ‘connected asthma’ context. We want to recruit 15 people with asthma to take part in an one-hour individual interview in order to find out what support that you would like to receive from technologies and refine an app system to fulfil those needs. The interviews will be arranged at a time and place that is convenient to you. For details, please read our patient information sheet.

Do I need to be an expert in technology? No, we want to have feedback from a wide range of people. We hope to hear from people who know/don’t know, like/don’t like technology.

I am not living in Edinburgh, can I join this study? Yes, if you are living in the UK, you are welcome to join our study. If you are living in the Edinburgh area, we will meet up at the University or a place that suits you. If you are outside, we will arrange Skype or phone meeting at a convenient time.

Privacy statement

How we use your information

The information you provide will be used by the University to select participants to our study and contact you about the selection results. If you have been selected to be our study participants, we will send you our study result to the contact that you provided. We are using information about you because you have given us your consent. If you have been selected to be our participants, we will hold the personal data you provided us until we have published results so that we can send you a copies of the papers. If you have not been selected, we will only hold the personal data you provided us until we have finished the interviews.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Io Hui (Research Fellow) by phone: 01316503209 or email:

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Key People

Hilary Pinnock is the Chief Investigator for the project, with Io Hui and Brian McKinstry as Researchers. The team is supported by Mark Buchner as Technology Partner and Olivia Fulton as Patient Advisor.


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Hilary Pinnock
Lead: Optimising management of asthma attacks, Lead: Postgraduate Training, Network Coordinator
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Io Chi-Yan Hui
Research Fellow
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Brian McKinstry
Professor of Primary Care E-Health
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Olivia Fulton
PPI Lead
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Mark Buchner
Managing Director, Tactuum
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