Improving chronic respiratory illness medication use by enhancing pediatric care communication.

Henry N. Young (PI -UGA Pharmacy), Lokesh Guglani (Co-PI-Emory, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta), Maria Len-Rios (Co–PI, UGA-Grady), Kyle Johnsen (Co-PI-UGA–Engineering), & Stephen Rathbun (Co-PI-UGA Biostatistics).

Title: Improving chronic respiratory illness medication use by enhancing pediatric care communication.

Sponsor: UGA Clinical and Translational Research Unit Seed Grant Program. $17,799.98 for UGA site team + funds to Emory.

Abstract: The objectives of this project are to (1) assess the acceptability of the Problem Recognition in Illness Self-Management (PRISM) tool, a family-provider communication intervention, to improve medication adherence, and (2)examine the feasibility of using a novel method, in the form of a smartphone app, to measure medication adherence inadolescents with chronic respiratory illnesses. Our project uses a mixed-methods approach and will be conducted attwo sites: The University of Georgia – Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU) and Emory University –Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). The results of this study will generate data to address reviewers’ critiques ona previous grant submission (PA-14-335, “Advancing Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence” – R21), andexpand capacity to address multiple medical conditions (asthma, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension).

María E. Len-Ríos 

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