An interactive, web-based asthma education management program developed by the “Henry Ford Health System”:http://www.henryfordhealth.org/body.cfm?id=46335&action=detail&ref=696 to target black teens has shown promise for dramatically improving their asthma outcomes.
The study looked at the effectiveness of the program, called Puff City. It found that the teens self-managed their asthma better after one year of use than those who used four nationally recognized asthma education Web sites. The Puff City users:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Made 50 percent fewer visits to the emergency department.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Required 50 percent fewer hospitalizations.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Missed 60 percent fewer schools days.
These outcomes were four times greater than the results found in teens who used the unidentified national online web sites. Unlike those sites, Puff City specifically targets urban teens and uses cultural, social, health beliefs and attitudes to develop personalized messages for each user.
The findings were published in the “Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine”:http://ajrccm.atsjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/175/9/888?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&fulltext=Puff+City&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=0&resourcetype=HWCIT