What is it about?

This study evaluated feasibility, acceptability and validity of mobile spirometry to assess lung function in pediatric asthma. Participants used a mobile spirometer and mHealth app to complete and track spirometry readings assessing lung function. Telehealth support sessions were also provided with respiratory therapists to assist with use of equipment and trouble-shooting. Findings demonstrate consistent readings between mobile spirometry and pulmonary-function laboratory testing providing support for initial validity of mobile spirometers. Additionally, feasibility of using mobile spirometers weekly was demonstrated. However, participants rated acceptability of collecting weekly readings as low.

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Why is it important?

Various challenges are associated with ability to attend routine in-person medical visits to receive lung function testing, despite clinical importance of this routine screening. This difficulty has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the need for additional methods of examining lung function. Mobile monitoring provides an opportunity for families to complete assessment of lung functioning more frequently and may help reduce barriers to receiving optimal care in pediatric asthma.

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This page is a summary of: Feasibility and preliminary validity of mobile spirometry in pediatric asthma, The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology In Practice, June 2021, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.jaip.2021.06.005.
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