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Bluetooth-Enabled 'eRapid' Shows Promise for Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Adherence

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on October 18, 2016 at 10:34 PM
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 Bluetooth-Enabled 'eRapid' Shows Promise for Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Adherence

More than 70,000 people worldwide are suffering from cystic fibrosis, suggests the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Patient Registry. Approximately 1,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

Adherence to inhaled and oral therapies for cystic fibrosis patients is discouragingly low, ranging 31-35% for inhaled antibiotics. Programs to enhance adherence have had mixed success.

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A new pilot study from Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, California, shows remarkable improvement in adherence using Bluetooth technology. For 28 days, patients used a Bluetooth-enabled medication delivery and monitoring tool called eRapid™. The clinic used the technology to gain rapid feedback on nebulizer use and used the data to reward patients for adherence as a depression intervention method.

Results not only showed 80% improvement in adherence but also 30% improvement in measures of airflow limitation and frequency of flare-ups of disease.
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"eRapid™ decreases miscommunication and misunderstanding between the patient and the provider by replacing an error-prone self-reporting method with real-time data," says Dr. Chris Landon, lead researcher. "Ongoing assessment of the data by the health care team allows for active engagement between the patient and provider promoting shared decision making in individualized therapy and cognitive behavioral interventions."

Source: Eurekalert
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