Phone Call Reminder Increases Asthma Medication Adherence

A study published in the February, 2015, edition of JAMA Pediatrics found a low cost speech recognition (SR) intervention or phone call reminder program (the Breathe Well program) increased asthma medication adherence. The Kaiser Permanente study examined 1,200 children (3-12 years old) for 24 months. The SR intervention consisted of one of three call types (welcome call, basic refill call, and tardy refill call) made between 9am and 8pm until a parent or an answering machine was reached. Adherence to medication was over 25 percent higher for those families receiving SR interventions. 84 percent of families felt that because of the program their child’s asthma is under better control.

Click here for the article abstract and here for a news article on the results.