Self-Management Technology for Asthmatic Teens (STAT)

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DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Although most adverse outcomes due to asthma can be prevented through appropriate medical care and disease management, adolescents continue to be at high risk for negative consequences of uncontrolled asthma. Two contri buting factors are 1) Failure of adolescents to understand Asthma as a chronic illness requiring scheduled medication rather than episodic responses to symptoms; 2) Failure of parents to transfer responsibility and skills for disciplined self-management wh en children transition into adolescence. When responsibility for decision-making and health is being turned over from parents to their children, adolescents have an opportunity to learn and practice the self-management skills necessary to maintain their he alth throughout their lifetime. Through the Self-Management Technology for Asthmatic Teens (STAT) project, State of the Art, Inc. proposes the development of a coordinated multimedia resource that uses teen friendly , familiar and widely accessible vide o-, web-, and mobile phone-based components to provide adolescents with the knowledge and tools necessary to self-manage their asthma. Utilizing these familiar, interactive technologies enables delivery of a critical asthma self-management message into a r ealm of adolescent comfort, ownership and control. STAT materials will take full advantage of the stimulus of interactivity inherent and alluring to youth in these multiple and complementary technological platforms. Adolescents will be able to tailor these interactive tools to their preferences and specific needs through the resource's website, including message platform (email, SMS/text messaging, instant messaging), frequency of reminder messages, and types of information and self-management tools needed. This resource strives to increase asthma control by helping adolescents take responsibility for their health and learn to self-manage their asthma employing technologies with which they are familiar and comfortable. To accomplish this long- term objective , the STAT resource aims to increase self-management practices, improve quality of life, and decrease asthma-related symptoms and severity among adolescents ages 12-17. In Phase I, State of the Art, Inc. will conduct research with multidisciplinary profess ionals who work in adolescent health and asthma and respiratory conditions as well as with adolescents and parents. This research will be used to a) conceptualize the structure and content of the resource, b) develop teen friendly sample messages and in- depth plans for materials, and c) examine the feasibility and validity of these messages and proposed features. Initially, key informant interviews with professionals, adolescents, and parents will be conducted to 1) examine the lessons learned from resear ch- and community-based efforts, 2) determine what practical applications of research and intervention best practices can be applied to STAT, 3) learn about parents' current experience of helping an adolescent manage their asthma, 4) learn about adolescent s' current experience in managing their own asthma, and 5) learn what current resources are being used to aid in adolescent asthma self-management. Sample messages and in-depth plans for materials (concept and creative plans) will be developed based on the knowledge gained from these culturally diverse key informant interviews and from advisor guidance. Once these plans are developed, focus groups with adolescents will help ensure that the planned materials and messages match the values and needs of the tar get audience and their caregivers. Groups will be conducted by trained moderators using standard focus group methods and cross-group comparisons will be made among groups. Concept and creative plans will be revised incorporating recommendations from the fo cus groups prior to submission of a Phase II application that will outline the development and evaluation of the full-scale STAT resource. Public Health Rel

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