Assistant Professor Ericka Lewis is a co-author of new research titled "Caregiver and pediatric provider perspectives on symptom-based inhaled corticosteroid therapy in asthma," recently published in Respiratory Medicine.
Twenty-six parents participated in six focus groups. Fourteen pediatricians were interviewed. Caregivers reported facing financial burden and difficulty with tracking medications. Caregivers and pediatricians were favorable about SBA, citing its potential for decreased use of medications and cost and similarity to actual care provided. Some caregivers voiced concern that SBA would not be as effective as daily ICS. Caregivers suggested that education on symptom recognition and close communication between physician and patient would facilitate the implementation of SBA.