Research builds asthma shared decision-making toolkit

Monday, 25 July 2022

University of Newcastle early career researcher and Accredited Practising Dietitian Dr Rebecca McLoughlin has been awarded an Asthma Australia fellowship to develop a shared decision-making toolkit to support the delivery of a personalised medicine strategy for people with chronic airway diseases - 'Treatable Traits’.

University of Newcastle early career researcher and Accredited Practising Dietitian Dr Rebecca McLoughlin  has been awarded an Asthma Australia fellowship

Despite advances in treatment, people with severe disease continue to die from asthma, have an ongoing burden from asthma attacks and symptoms, and suffer serious side-effects of treatments. It has been suggested that this is because current management strategies tend to treat all patients the same way using a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.

Dr McLoughlin will work with people who have severe asthma and their physicians to co-design the ‘shared decision-making and priority-setting toolkit’. It will consist of a digital patient decision aid, a digital clinician decision aid, as well as a strategy to support the use of these aids in clinical practice.

By empowering patients to play an active role in their care and facilitating shared decision-making, it is hoped the project will improve treatment adherence and ultimately, their quality of life.

More details on Dr McLoughlin's fellowship and research can be found here.


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