The mild asthma decision aid and conversation aid were developed by the eHealth Knowledge Translation Research Group at St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto. Development was co-led by Dr. Myriam Gagné, BEd, MSc, PhD (Epidemiology), and Dr. Samir Gupta, MD, MSc (Clinical Epidemiology).
Dr. Samir Gupta is a respirologist, clinician-scientist, and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He founded the eHealth Knowledge Translation Research Group at St. Michael’s Hospital. His research focuses on the use of technology to bridge chronic disease management care gaps.
Dr. Myriam Gagné is a scientist who developed the first published asthma decision aid and who joined the eHealth Knowledge Translation Research Group as a postdoctoral fellow. Her research focuses on engaging patients with chronic diseases in their care, with a focus on improving decision-making around medication use, and medication adherence.
Our decision aid and conversation aid for mild asthma were developed through a multi-step, iterative scientific process, through engagement with patients with asthma and primary care providers, and in accordance with all qualifying and certifying criteria in the International Patient Decision Aid Standards. Details on the development process are available here.
The electronic versions of the mild asthma decision aid and conversation aid are also part of a larger disease management computerized clinical decision support system for asthma, called the Electronic Asthma Management System (eAMS).
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The Lung Health Foundation also acts as the implementation partner.