Mobile app can help manage uncontrolled asthma

Stockholm: A mobile app can help manage uncontrolled asthma by measuring lung function and giving feedback in the form of automated and doctor-prescribed treatment recommendation, say researchers.

People suffering from uncontrolled asthma frequently experience breathing difficulties or asthma attacks and inadequate management and/or incorrect use of medicines are common causes of this situation.

A study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet found that a treatment adjustment algorithm based on lung function and symptoms in a mobile phone can be an efficient tool in managing uncontrolled asthma. 

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For fuss-free measuring of lung function, the phone connects to a wireless spirometer and the app can register respiratory symptoms and provide visual feedback on treatment, said researchers in a paper published in European Respiratory Journal.

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