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Managing Adolescent Asthma: More than Just Medications

  • William C. AndersonIII
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Abstract

Adolescents with asthma have an increased morbidity and mortality compared to their younger pediatric counterparts and poorer quality of life than their healthy peers. Increasing evidence is demonstrating that by adolescence and young adulthood, patients with asthma may have reduced lung growth and irreversible airway obstruction. As such, efforts should focus on appropriate diagnosis and personalized therapy. Several barriers exist to optimizing such care in adolescents including poor adherence, tobacco and substance abuse, psychiatric conditions, and peer influences. Providers and families must work with adolescents at a level in which the adolescent will engage to both overcome these barriers and assume self-management of their disease. The use of technology may be one potential route to meet adolescents where they are in their management. By providing tailored asthma-specific transitional care guidance starting early in adolescence, teenagers with asthma will develop the appropriate tools to manage their own asthma successfully into adulthood.

Keywords

Asthma Adherence Adolescent Depression Personalized care Psychosocial Technology Tobacco use Transitional care Vocal cord dysfunction 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Allergy and Immunology Section, Department of PediatricsChildren’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado School of MedicineAuroraUSA

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