Once again, social media proves its mettle among young people with health issues. Preliminary results of a study of asthmatic teenagers at Boston’s Partners HealthCare found significant improvement in engagement and in symptom control when patients received reminders and encouragement from clinicians and peers via Facebook.
Dr. Joseph Kvedar, vice president of connected health at Partners HealthCare, presented these early findings at the mHealth + Telehealth World conference in Boston this week. Kvedar told MedCity News that Partners is working on publication of the study in a peer-reviewed journal.
Partners Connected Health, formerly known as the Center for Connected Health, teamed up with the Department of Pulmonology at Massachusetts General Hospital and the pediatric asthma group at Partners Community HealthCare to create a private Facebook group for asthma patients aged 14-17. Partners paired the “secret” group, only viewable by invited users and not listed in Facebook search results, with a password-protected website called Connect 2 My ACT, where study participants could take the Asthma Control Test (ACT), a survey intended to measure asthma control.
Via Alex Butler