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Be Part of Research - Trial Details - Breathing Retraining for Asthma Trial of Home Exercises for Teenagers

Breathing Retraining for Asthma Trial of Home Exercises for Teenagers


Open to: All Genders

Age: 12 Years - 17 Years

Medical Conditions

Adolescent Behavior

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This trial will address the impaired quality of life of young people with asthma, despite appropriate medicines. Research shows that young people report needing to calm themselves down during an asthma attack to control their breathing. Although physiotherapist- delivered breathing retraining programmes now have a clear evidence base in adults with asthma, improving quality of life, there is a lack of evidence assessing its use in younger patients. The investigators have redesigned an adult training package to make it appropriate for young people and will now assess how effective such an intervention would be in this population. This study will include young people (12-17 years) with physician diagnosed asthma. The repurposing, optimisation and acceptability of the intervention in the adolescent age group has been undertaken in Stages 1 and 2 of the BREATHE4T project. A self-guided, breathing retraining digital intervention has been developed, delivered via a mobile friendly, online platform. The current study is a randomised, controlled feasibility trial and will provide the necessary information for a substantive cost-effectiveness trial. Participants with access to the intervention will be compared to a usual care group. Asthma and quality of life of both groups will also be assessed at baseline, 2-month and 6-month time points. At the end of the 6 months, the control group will also be given access to the website. The online nature of this study allows recruitment from across the UK. Recruitment methods would include primary care, hospital clinics, social media and posters. Asthma UK will also provide publicity to assist recruitment.

Start dates may differ between countries and research sites. The research team are responsible for keeping the information up-to-date.  

The recruitment start and end dates are as follows:

Jun 2021 Jun 2022


Intervention Type : Behavioral
Intervention Description : A digital, self-management intervention for adolescents to control their asthma using breathing retraining. The mobile-friendly website provides information about asthma and how it affects the lungs, as well as how breathing patterns can be dysfunctional. Information is presented using short (30sec-2min) video clips featuring physiotherapists, researchers and adolescent role models. Users are given tips about their practice, including choosing a suitable time and place and building up gradually. Users can plan their practice, log how their practice went and record their confidence in using the breathing techniques. There are 8 sessions including peer-led videos demonstrating breathing exercises with voiceovers and step-by-step instructions. All features and sessions can be accessed via a main dashboard where users can tailor the intervention to allow parental involvement, reminders and a preferred format for notifications (email/text). Other features include FAQs and a progress chart.

Intervention Arm Group : Intervention group

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Below are the locations for where you can take part in the trial. Please note that not all sites may be open.

  • University Hospital Southampton
    SO16 6YD

The study is sponsored by University of Southampton and funded by University of Bath; Aston University; University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust; Asthma UK.

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Read full details for Trial ID: NCT05006703
Last updated 01 November 2022

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