Isn’t there an app for that? The role of smartphone and tablet applications for asthma education and self-management in adolescents

Antonia O’connor, Andrew Tai, Kristin Carson-Chahhoud

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Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases worldwide, with a substantial propor-tion of the asthma population being children and adolescents. Self-management is recognized as a key component to asthma management, with multiple international guidelines emphasizing the need for adequate self-management skills for good asthma control. Unfortunately, the uptake amongst young people and adolescents is low, with often suboptimal engagement to self-management education and skills contributing to poor adherence to medication as well as poor perception of asthma symptoms. Innovative solutions to deliver education and self-management to adolescents are clearly needed. mHealth is the use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet devices to improve healthcare and has been used in multiple chronic diseases. This review articles explores the current use of mHealth in asthma, specifically smartphone and tablet applications as a generation-appropriate, accessible delivery modality for provision of asthma education and self-management interventions in adolescents. Current evidence gaps are also highlighted, which should be addressed in future research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number786
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Sept 2021


  • Adolescents
  • Asthma impact
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Mobile health
  • Self-management
  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Technol-ogy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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