University of Twente Student Theses


IMAGINE I : Improving adherence by guiding inhalation via electronic monitoring

Oude Wolcherink, Martijn (2019) IMAGINE I : Improving adherence by guiding inhalation via electronic monitoring.

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Abstract:Many asthmatic children suffer from uncontrolled asthma with frequent exacerbations. Studies have shown that therapy adherence and inhalation technique are suboptimal in asthmatic children, but these have traditionally been hard to measure. A novel device functioning as add-on to the inhaler has been developed to measure both aspects. The data measured by this device could be used to provide patients with immediate smart feedback on their inhalations. The aim of this thesis is to give insight in the design and progress of the IMAGINE I study. The study consists of three phases: Phase one lasting four weeks and being observational, phase two being a randomised controlled trial lasting six weeks and phase three being observational assessing the lasting effect of immediate smart feedback. Patients in the intervention group will receive immediate smart feedback about performed inhalations. In the control group, adherence and inhalation technique will be monitored, but patients will not receive feedback. Data on therapy adherence and inhalation technique was adequately collected using an add-on device. Furthermore, the add-on device looks like a helpful tool to provide paediatricians with objective information about therapy adherence and inhalation technique. However, elaborated upcoming studies with larger patient populations should prove this statement.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:44 medicine
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
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