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JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting (JPP) is a new sister journal of JMIR (the leading open-access journal in health informatics (Impact Factor 2016: 5.175), with a unique focus on technologies, medical devices, apps, engineering, informatics applications for patient/parent education in pediatrics, training/counselling and behavioral interventions, preventative interventions and clinical care for children and adolescent populations or child-parent dyads. JPP recognizing that pediatrics in the 21st century should be a participatory process, involving parents and informal caregivers, and using information and communication technologies.
As open access journal we are read by clinicians and patients alike and have (as all JMIR journals) a focus on readable and applied science reporting the design and evaluation of health innovations and emerging technologies. We publish original research, viewpoints, and reviews (both literature reviews and medical device/technology/app reviews).
During a limited period of time, there are no fees to publish in this journal. Articles are carfully copyedited and XML-tagged, ready for submission in PubMed Central.
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Background: Interventions to improve preventive care delivery to children with asthma are increasingly designed around mobile technology. Objective: Our objective was to develop insight into parent us...
Background: Interventions to improve preventive care delivery to children with asthma are increasingly designed around mobile technology. Objective: Our objective was to develop insight into parent use of mobile technology and their preferences for methods and content of an asthma risk communication intervention. Methods: Using qualitative methods, interviews of parents of children with asthma were conducted. The open-ended, semi-structured interview guide included questions about current mobile technology use, barriers to controller medication adherence, and preferences for methods and content of a mobile technology based asthma risk communication intervention. Using grounded theory methodology, we coded the transcripts and identified emerging themes. Results: 20 parents of children with asthma completed interviews. 80% had public insurance. 40% had been in the ICU for their asthma at some point. 35% were currently on a combined ICS/LABA. 3 major themes were identified: Room for improvement/welcoming help, distinct preferences for risk communication, and electronic reachability. Room for improvement/welcoming help includes caretakers recognizing that busy lifestyles contribute to adherence challenges and welcoming a program to help them manage their child’s asthma. Distinct preferences for risk communication includes a need for two-way communication, preference for electronic communication as well as acceptable communication frequency. Electronic reachability includes parents’ electronic habits and specific preferences for electronic communication. Conclusions: Parents of children with asthma are open to communicating with asthma healthcare providers through mobile technology. There is a strong preference for two-way communication. This will inform the development of future mobile technology based interventions to improve care for children with asthma. Clinical Trial: NA