Our research focuses on improving the management of chronic conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), headache and asthma. We study treatment adherence and self-management, and we systematically develop and test interventions to help patients and families better manage these conditions. We also use existing technologies as well as develop new adherence technologies in our research to assess their use and keep patients and families apprised of state-of-the-art self-management tools that may be useful to them. Our overall goal is to improve health outcomes and quality of life for the patients and families with whom we work. 

We have seven active studies:

  • One randomized controlled trial of interventions to improve adherence and self-management
  • Two are developing, evaluating and optimizing disease-specific self-management web portals
  • One is developing and assessing the feasibility and efficacy of a program that will facilitate adolescents and young adults as they transition to adult care
  • One is an observational study aimed at measuring treatment adherence and identifying factors related to poor outcomes
  • One is a clinical trial aimed to define the rate of corticosteroid-free remission in patients with ulcerative colitis
  • One focusing on the development of an electronic medication monitoring device