Social Networking for Teens with Asthma
Poorly controlled asthma leads to poor quality of life and costs the health care system upwards of $50 billion annually. Most teenagers, in particular, have difficulty controlling their asthma. Partners HealthCare Connected Health's Connect 2 My ACT study uses Facebook to encourage teens to monitor and better self-manage their asthma.
Through a private, secure Facebook group, teens are able to interact with their peers and share strategies for living with asthma. Teens are also encouraged to take the Asthma Control Test (ACT) each month, which alerts patients and providers when a patient’s asthma is poorly controlled. This study is funded by the Systems Improvement Grant Program at Partners Community Health, Inc.