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Northwestern: Self-Management Intervention Improves Asthma Outcomes in Older Adults

A targeted intervention to support asthma self-management significantly improved outcomes and medication adherence among older adults, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Dr. Rachel O’Conor,  research assistant professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, was a co-author of the study.

Asthma is a common condition in older adults, affecting about 7 percent of Americans older than 65 years. This population experiences more symptoms and hospitalizations related to the condition than younger groups, partly because of difficulties with self-management, such as the use of inhalers.

However, there has been a lack of interventions tailored specifically to older adults.

“The majority of interventions to promote asthma outcomes target young children and adolescents, despite older adults experiencing worse asthma outcomes compared with younger adults,” Dr. O’Conor said.

Dr. Michael Wolf, associate vice chair for research in the Department of Medicine and a member of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM), was also a co-author of the JAMA Internal Medicine study.

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