Social Media Enhanced Education for Asthma in Children

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX
Asthma in Children+1 More
Social Media Enhanced Education - Other
< 18
All Sexes
Eligible conditions

Study Summary

This study is evaluating whether social media enhanced education will reduce healthcare utilization and costs.

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Eligible Conditions

  • Asthma in Children

Treatment Effectiveness

Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether Social Media Enhanced Education will improve 1 primary outcome and 7 secondary outcomes in patients with Asthma in Children. Measurement will happen over the course of 1 year after enrollment.

1 year after enrollment
Total number of hospitalizations
Total number of treatment days in a medical setting (hospital, emergency department (ED), clinic)
number of missed days of school
patient satisfaction and understanding of asthma education
total estimated health system costs, hospital costs, and clinic costs
total number of clinic visits
total number of emergency room visits
total number of readmissions

Trial Safety

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

Control Group
1 of 2
1 of 2
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

This trial requires 200 total participants across 2 different treatment groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Social Media Enhanced Education is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Control Group

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 1 year after enrollment
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly 1 year after enrollment for reporting.

Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
R. P.
Prof. Raymond Parlar-Chun, Assistant Professor
The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston

Closest Location

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - Houston, TX

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and younger. There are 2 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
hospitalized to Children's Memorial Hermann admitted for asthma exacerbation
patient and/or primary caregiver must have internet access on cellular phones or at home and use a social media account (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Snapchat)

Patient Q&A Section

What are the signs of asthma?

"Asthma affects the airways of the lungs. Symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Those who suffer from asthma may experience a loss of breath while exercising, and have a hard time in school. There are also various types of asthma. Children will also get asthma if a family member who had the disease.\n" - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are common treatments for asthma?

"There are many commonly used treatments for asthma, including medications, breathing exercises, avoidance avoidance, immunotherapy, alternative medicine, diet, and environmental therapy but none are perfectly efficacious. It is most effective to find a combination of these treatments that work best for each person. A person with asthma may experience exacerbations that require an urgent care visit.\n" - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Can asthma be cured?

"In our view, it seems feasible to cure at least a significant proportion of patients with asthma. Patients with milder forms of disease with less airflow obstruction may have substantial long-term benefit. Patients with moderate-severe disease may have modest improvement." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is asthma?

"Asthma or chronic bronchitis is a common chronic lung disease often experienced as recurrent episodes of spasm of the airways. At times the symptoms may be mild, intermittent, or disappear on a regular basis. Most cases are related to environmental factors. There are several types of asthma." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How many people get asthma a year in the United States?

"About 18 million adults and 8.4 million children in the United States have asthma. Asthma affects more boys than girls. People with asthma experience higher rates of school and work missed days; sleep problems; and decreased school and work performance. In a recent study, findings provides timely, population-based information on the burden of asthma in the United States." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What causes asthma?

"Allergic sensitisation is probably involved in several different types of asthma. Genetic factors may also be important in allergic asthma. The cause of allergic asthma is not completely understood." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Is social media enhanced education typically used in combination with any other treatments?

"Results from a recent paper of the study revealed that email/social media is used by the most educated asthmatic children more frequently when compared to the educated nonasthmatic children. Therefore, we suggest that such approaches should be incorporated into the global Asthma Education Programme." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Have there been any new discoveries for treating asthma?

"This article highlights most prevalent medicines used for asthma treatment. Clinicians should be aware that these drugs fail under certain conditions. Results from a recent clinical trial emphasizes the importance of asthma diagnosis and treatment as no new treatment for asthma may be forthcoming for decades." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How serious can asthma be?

"Asthma can be serious when left untreated. Regular evaluation of symptoms, evaluation of frequency and severity, treatment with medications, correct use of non-physician-providers, and other health-care professional treatments are necessary to prevent progression of symptoms to serious state." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Does social media enhanced education improve quality of life for those with asthma?

"The addition of a social media intervention to current clinical asthma education increased disease-specific knowledge and promoted QoL in both those with and without asthma." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How does social media enhanced education work?

"A study that assessed the effectiveness of social media in a paediatric chronic respiratory disease programme, which included asthma, and delivered structured educational material on asthma in an interactive email format, has demonstrated increased knowledge retention of asthma amongst participants. The study has demonstrated the long term benefits of using social media to support structured educational practices within an environment that does not have the resource to implement these practices, such as an outpatient unit." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the latest developments in social media enhanced education for therapeutic use?

"Social media is an essential tool to make this information accessible across many different media platforms. By using social networking sites such as Twitter, people can receive important information in a simple and convenient format. On the other hand, there is still a requirement for more studies to evaluate the best way for the dissemination of information via social networking sites." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.
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