UNC gets $1.9 million to get teens more involved in managing asthma

Teens with asthma aren’t great at taking an active role during doctor visits. A team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill believes changing that is a matter of asking the right questions, so they have developed a set of questions teens can use as prompts for discussing their asthma with their physician.

 

The three-year, $1.9 million project, funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, aims to improve the existing question prompt list to see if leads to better communication and results for the patients. The goal is to make teens more effective at managing their asthma, which results in better control of their condition, fewer missed school days and better quality of life.

“We want to find ways to activate the teens and get the parents to be quieter,” said Betsy Sleath, the George H. Cocolas Distinguished Professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy who will lead the project. “Teens don’t want to be different from their peers, and it’s not uncommon for them to be in denial about their asthma. They may stop taking their long-term control meds and rely only on quick-relief meds, which don’t keep asthma under control. This leads to problems.”

 

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