What will happen in the study?
This study includes 2 study visits at Cincinnati Children’s, 2 in-home visits, up to 4 “self-management” visits completed through a secure smart phone app with your study doctor, and 10 phone calls over 12 months. Here are some of the things that will happen in this study:
We will ask you for your child’s personal and family medical history, history of environmental exposures, depression, anxiety, dietary intake, etc. At each study visit, you will fill out questionnaires, and your child will be examined for symptoms of eczema, allergies and asthma.
Your child will:
- Submit saliva, urine/stool, nose cell and blood samples
- Receive a skin prick test to learn about possible allergies
- Complete breathing tests
During the visits, the asthma doctor will see if your child’s asthma is under control and might change his/her asthma medicines.
During a home visit, we will collect samples to see if your home has triggers that can make asthma worse. We will also put a cap (sends information through a phone app to an online portal) on your child’s asthma inhalers that both you and the study team know how often your child is using them.
During what we call the “self-management” visits, the study doctor will talk to your child through a secure cell phone app about ways to help them remember to take their medications and using this cell phone app to help track the medicines.
Parents or guardians interested in having their child participate will be given a consent form that thoroughly explains all of the details of the study. A member of the study staff will review the consent form with you and will be sure that all of your questions are answered.