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Telecommunication Enhanced Asthma Management (TEAM)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified July 2011 by National Jewish Health.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
Kaiser Permanente
Information provided by:
National Jewish Health Identifier:
First received: August 13, 2009
Last updated: July 19, 2011
Last verified: July 2011
The primary aim of this project is to conduct a randomized practical clinical trial within a large health maintenance organization to test a telephone intervention designed to improve adherence to daily asthma medications and thereby improve asthma outcomes. The investigators hypothesize that adherence with inhaled corticosteroid medications in the TEAM intervention group will be greater than in the usual care group.

Condition Intervention Phase
Asthma Behavioral: Speech recognition Early Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Telecommunication Enhanced Asthma Management

Further study details as provided by National Jewish Health:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Medication adherence [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • urgent care visits [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 1000
Study Start Date: September 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: May 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Speech recognition (TEAM intervention) Behavioral: Speech recognition
The TEAM intervention is a program to increase communication with families, provide feedback to families about their refill adherence, assess asthma symptoms, deliver health communication messages, encourage parents to ask questions of asthma care managers, and facilitate refilling ICS prescription. Speech recognition calls will be tailored to specific situations including new or re-issued ICS prescriptions, failure to fill an initial prescription, failure to refill, or failure to refill following an ED visit, hospitalization, or oral steroid burst resulting from an asthma exacerbation.
Other Name: usual care
Active Comparator: Speech recognition (Usual care) Behavioral: Speech recognition
Automated, speech recognition telephone calls
Other Name: usual care

Detailed Description:

Asthma affects more than 15 million people in the United States. Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), the ranking treatment-of-choice, are safe and highly efficacious in controlled trials, but adherence to ICS medications in real-world settings is poor in all patient groups, especially low-income and minority patients who experience the most morbidity from asthma. Children and adults with asthma take less than half of their prescribed ICS medication. One study found that only 44% of ICS prescriptions for children with asthma were filled. Even the most effective medications have little value if not taken as prescribed. Decreasing use of ICS has been repeatedly linked to poor asthma control and increasing health care utilization.

We will conduct a randomized, practical clinical trial to test the impact of a communication enhancement program for parents of 3-12 year old children with asthma in the largest health maintenance organization (HMO) within Colorado. Research in this setting has the significant advantage of not only establishing the utility of a behavior-changing strategy, but at the same time demonstrating that the strategy can be applied in a large healthcare system and sustained over time. The proposed intervention will be referred to here as the Telecommunication Enhanced Adherence Management (TEAM) program. This proposal builds upon ongoing efforts within Kaiser Permanente of Colorado (KPCO), the participating HMO, to use automated telecommunication technology to prevent diabetes, reduce cardiac risk, reduce calorie consumption, and increase exercise adherence, with the introduction of an intervention to increase adherence with daily ICS therapy. Speech Recognition (SR), the telecommunication technology used in this trial, has not previously been employed to promote adherence in a population of children treated for asthma within a large HMO. TEAM creates a theory-based enhanced communication program using SR with support from asthma care manager nurses. The Asthma Care Manager program already exists within KPCO, but with SR the frequency and quality of communication with parents is expected to improve significantly, resulting in more ICS medication refills, better persistence in ICS use, and improved asthma outcomes. Through SR calls, parents will be reminded and motivated about the importance of continued daily use of ICS medications, asked about their child's recent asthma symptoms, and given the opportunity to receive a call back from an asthma care manager or to place a request for a medication refill.


Ages Eligible for Study:   3 Years to 12 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 3-12 year old children with asthma requiring daily corticosteroid
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00958932

United States, Colorado
National Jewish Health
Denver, Colorado, United States, 80206
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Jewish Health
Kaiser Permanente
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Bruce Bender, National Jewish Health Identifier: NCT00958932     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1R01HL084067-01A1 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: August 13, 2009
Last Updated: July 19, 2011

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bronchial Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Hypersensitivity
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Immune System Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017