Feasibility trial of a digital self-management intervention ' My Breathing Matters' to improve asthma-related quality of life for UK primary care patients with asthma

Ben Ainsworth, Kate Greenwell, Beth Stuart, James Raftery, Frances Mair, Anne Bruton, Lucy Yardley, Mike Thomas

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Abstract

Objective To assess the feasibility of a randomised controlled trial (RCT) and acceptability of an asthma self-management digital intervention to improve asthma-specific quality of life in comparison with usual care. Design and setting A two-arm feasibility RCT conducted across seven general practices in Wessex, UK. Participants Primary care patients with asthma aged 18 years and over, with impaired asthma-specific quality of life and access to the internet. Interventions ' My Breathing Matters' (MBM) is a digital asthma self-management intervention designed using theory, evidence and person-based approaches to provide tailored support for both pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of asthma symptoms. Outcomes The primary outcome was the feasibility of the trial design, including recruitment, adherence and retention at follow-up (3 and 12 months). Secondary outcomes were the feasibility and effect sizes of specific trial measures including asthma-specific quality of life and asthma control. Results Primary outcomes: 88 patients were recruited (target 80). At 3-month follow-up, two patients withdrew and six did not complete outcome measures. At 12 months, two withdrew and four did not complete outcome measures. 36/44 patients in the intervention group engaged with MBM (median of 4 logins, range 0-25, IQR 8). Consistent trends were observed to improvements in asthma-related patient-reported outcome measures. Conclusions This study demonstrated the feasibility and acceptability of a definitive RCT that is required to determine the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a digital asthma self-management intervention. Trial registration number ISRCTN15698435.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere032465
Pages (from-to)e032465
JournalBMJ Open
Volume9
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • asthma
  • breathing retraining
  • digital
  • primary care
  • quality of life
  • self-management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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