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

Khusial, Rishi J.; Honkoop, Persijn J.; Usmani, Omar; Soares, Marcia; Simpson, Andrew; Biddiscombe, Martyn; Meah, Sally; Bonini, Matteo; Lalas, Antonios; Polychronidou, Eleftheria; Koopmans, Julia G.; Moustakas, Kostas; Snoeck-Stroband, Jiska B.; Ortmann, Steffen; Votis, Konstantinos; Tzovaras, Dimitrios; Chung, Kian Fan; Fowler, Stephen; Sont, Jacob K.


Rishi J. Khusial

Persijn J. Honkoop

Omar Usmani

Marcia Soares

Martyn Biddiscombe

Sally Meah

Matteo Bonini

Antonios Lalas

Eleftheria Polychronidou

Julia G. Koopmans

Kostas Moustakas

Jiska B. Snoeck-Stroband

Steffen Ortmann

Konstantinos Votis

Dimitrios Tzovaras

Kian Fan Chung

Stephen Fowler

Jacob K. Sont


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). Asthma-related 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) and quality of life by 0.16 (P = .64). Participants reported positive attitudes toward the system. Discussion: Using the myAirCoach support system improves asthma control and quality of life, with a reduction in severe asthma exacerbations. Well-validated mHealth technologies should therefore be further studied.


Khusial, R. J., Honkoop, P. J., Usmani, O., Soares, M., Simpson, A., Biddiscombe, M., …Sont, J. K. (2020). Effectiveness of myAirCoach: A mHealth Self-Management System in Asthma. The journal of allergy and clinical immunology. In practice, 8(6), 1972-1979.e8.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 10, 2020
Online Publication Date Mar 3, 2020
Publication Date 2020-06
Deposit Date Mar 4, 2020
Publicly Available Date Mar 16, 2020
Journal Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice
Print ISSN 2213-2198
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 6
Pages 1972-1979.e8
Keywords Immunology and Allergy; asthma; mHealth; app; eHealth; telemedicine; self-management; quality of life; personalized care
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