Project: Digital interventions

Cochrane review project: Digital interventions for improving adherence to asthma treatment

There are over 330 million people with asthma in the world. We know that medicines for asthma work very well. But over half of people with asthma do not take these medicines as recommended.  This leads to asthma symptoms, asthma attacks and admissions to hospital.  Many researchers have tried to improve this medication-taking in different ways, however only few of their ideas have worked well. 

There has been increasing interest in the use of digital tools (such as apps, websites, mobile phone text messaging, electronic adherence monitoring) to improve medication-taking.  However, we don’t know how effective it is to use digital tools to improve medication-taking, and how this might compare to more traditional methods such as using paper-based tools. 

What are we doing about it?

We want to do a Cochrane review to find this out, and also identify the factors that make a digital tool work better so we can use this information to design more effective ways to improve the use of asthma medication.

Key people from AUKCAR

Amy Chan Headshot
Amy Chan
Research Associate
Anna De Simoni
Anna De Simoni
Lead: Patient and Public Involvement
Chris Newby Headshot
Chris Newby
Lecturer, Methodology Platform
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Stephanie Taylor
Chris Griffiths
Centre Director, Lead: Preventing asthma attacks


August 2017 to December 2018

Contact us

Amy Chan

Centre for Behavioural Medicine

Department of Practice and Policy

UCL School of Pharmacy

02078 741 299

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