Kiss asthma goodbye this World Asthma Day
Why was an asthma app for young people developed?
The National Young People and Asthma Strategy (NYPAS) is managed by Asthma Australia under the Asthma Child and Adolescent Program (ACAP) and funded by the Australian Government.
A major survey of young people aged 12-25 years was undertaken in 2014 by Young and Well CRC for Asthma Australia. Results and recommendations indicated that internet options for health advice were preferred by young people to other interventions.
Mobile phone apps are a well-used tool by this age group and Asthma Australia supported the development of an app specific to young people with asthma through its research fund. This work was undertaken by a team from the University of Sydney led by Associate Professor Lorraine Smith and included Professor Susan Sawyer, Dr Juliet Foster and Associate Professor Rafael Calvo as contributory investigators.
How was the app developed?
The development of this new app included clinician feedback and most importantly, the involvement of young people with asthma via focus groups to help ensure the app is relevant to their needs.
The app includes a goal-setting function that incorporates gamification to make the app more attractive and to enhance the user’s experience and motivation.
Our survey of young people with asthma also showed that approximately 50% have a mental health issue, double that of the general population of young people. This figure aligns with similar research for other chronic conditions. The app has therefore been designed to also help young people with the psychological impacts of asthma.
A competition for young people to name the app resulted in the catchy and somewhat cheeky title, ‘Kiss My Asthma’. The app is being launched today on World Asthma Day, 2 May 2017, at a climbing gym in Sydney with young people from the focus groups climbing (along with two brave members of the app team).
What does the app include?
The app features:
- access to your Asthma Action Plan
- the ability to track your asthma symptoms, severity and attacks, making it easy to inform your doctor or specialist accurately about your asthma
- mood tracker
- setting goals and receive support from one of the app’s monster assistants
- reminders to take your asthma preventer medications
- Asthma First Aid instructions and emergency contacts
- finding out more about asthma, asthma medications and devices, and managing anxiety
Where can you download the app?
Kiss My Asthma is available on the App Store and GooglePlay now!