A variety of digital intervention approaches have been investigated for asthma therapy during the last decade, with different levels of interactivity and personalization, with a range of impacts on different outcome measurements.
To assess the effectiveness of digital interventions in asthma with regards to acceptability and outcomes and evaluate the potential of digital initiatives for monitoring or treating patients with asthma.
We evaluated digital interventions using a scoping review methodology via literature search and review. Of 871 articles identified, 121 were evaluated to explore intervention characteristics, the perception and acceptability of digital interventions to patients and physicians, and effects on asthma outcomes. Interventions were categorized by their level of interactivity with the patient.
Interventions featuring non-individualized content sent to patients appeared capable of promoting improved adherence to inhaled corticosteroids, but with no identified improvement in asthma burden, and data-gathering interventions appeared to have little effect on adherence or asthma burden. Evidence of improvement in both adherence and patients’ impairment due to asthma were seen only with interactive interventions involving two-way responsive patient communication. Digital interventions were generally positively perceived by patients and physicians. Implementation was considered feasible, with certain preferences for design and features important to drive usage.
Digital health interventions show substantial promise for asthma disease monitoring and personalization of treatment. To be successful, future interventions will need to include both inhaler device and software elements, combining accurate measurement of clinical parameters with careful consideration of ease of use, personalization and patient engagement aspects.

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