Effectiveness of myAirCoach: A mHealth Self-Management System in Asthma


BACKGROUND: Self-management programs have beneficial effects on asthma control, but their implementation in clinical practice is poor. Mobile health (mHealth) could play an important role in enhancing self-management. OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical effectiveness and technology acceptance of myAirCoach-supported self-management on top of usual care in patients with asthma using inhalation medication.

METHODS: Patients were recruited in 2 separate studies. The myAirCoach system consisted of an inhaler adapter, an indoor air-quality monitor, a physical activity tracker, a portable spirometer, a fraction exhaled nitric oxide device, and an app. The primary outcome was asthma control; secondary outcomes were exacerbations, quality of life, and technology acceptance. In study 1, 30 participants were randomized to either usual care or myAirCoach support for 3 to 6 months; in study 2, 12 participants were provided with the myAirCoach system in a 3-month before-after study. RESULTS: In study 1, asthma control improved in the intervention group compared with controls (Asthma Control Questionnaire difference, 0.70; P [ .006). A total of 6 exacerbations occurred in the intervention group compared with 12 in the control group (hazard ratio, 0.31; P [ .06). Asthmarelated quality of life improved (mini Asthma-related Quality of Life Questionnaire difference, 0.53; P [ .04), but forced expiratory volume in 1 second was unchanged. In study 2, asthma control improved by 0.86 compared with baseline (P [ .007)

R.J. Khusial, P.J.Honkoop, O. Usmani, M. Sores, A. Simpson, M. Biddiscombe, S. Meah, M. Bonini, A. Lalas, E. Polychronidou, J.G. Koopmans, K. Moustakas, J.B. Snoeck-Stroband, S. Ortmann, K. Votis, D. Tzovaras, K.F. Chung, S. Fowler, J.K. Sont, “Effectiveness of myAirCoach: a mHealth self-management system in asthma”, The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, June 2020