Asthma Management in the Era of Smart-Medicine: Devices, Gadgets, Apps and Telemedicine
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Asthma is the most common chronic pediatric condition. Effective asthma management requires a proactive and inclusive approach that controls the patient’s symptoms and prevents recurrence of exacerbations. Clinicians should encourage patients to become involved in their management since self-management approaches have proven to be an effective means for chronic illness treatment. Novel forms of self-monitoring and management are technological interventions. In the last decade, novel technology has been developed and used to improve asthma control since it is a powerful agent that addresses a variety of challenges in chronic disease management such as education, communication and adherence. A myriad of technology-based strategies are available although many of these are not evidence based and further studies are needed to evaluate their efficacy in specific asthma-control endpoints. Herein, authors present a review of current and future technology-based options for asthma management and a comparison between them.
KeywordsAsthma management Wearable devices Telemedicine Developing technology
UK: Conceptualized the manuscript, literature review, editing and will act as guarantor for this paper; ER: Literature review, write up and editing.
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