for people ages 6-15 (full criteria)
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Principal Investigator
Ngoc P Ly, MD (ucsf)
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Ngoc P Ly



The primary goal of this proposal is to use an in-home, smartphone-enabled, hand-held spirometer to determine the FEV1% predicted ranges that predict the Yellow Zone threshold.

Official Title

User-Friendly Spirometer and Mobile App for Self-Management and Home Monitoring of Asthma Patients Phase 2


The study hypothesizes that objective lung function tracking at-home, using a portable spirometer in addition to conventional symptom monitoring (in which asthmatic patients self-report and track their own symptoms), will result in more reliable detection of exacerbation in children 6-15 years old with asthma.

This is a 44-week, single arm, blinded nonrandomized trial to determine clinically relevant ranges in FEV1% predicted that correlate with the Yellow Zone of the Asthma Action Plan.

A total of 100 pediatric subjects (between the ages of 6 and 15 years old) with physician-diagnosed mild or moderate persistent asthma treated on controller therapy will be enrolled from the ED, Inpatient Units, Pulmonary Medicine Clinic, and Allergy/Immunology Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco.

Primary Specific Aim

To determine the FEV1% predicted changes that correspond with a change from the Green to Yellow Zone.

The primary outcome will be Yellow Zone episodes, as identified by the occurence of any of the following:

Symptom Diary score > 4 ATAQ score > 1

Secondary Specific Aim

To determine the FEV1% predicted changes that correspond with a change from the Yellow to Red Zone.

The secondary outcome will Red Zone episodes, as identified by the occurence of any of the following:

ED or Urgent Care visit Administration of systemic (oral, IM, or IV) corticosteroids Hospitalization


Asthma Acute Asthma in Children Asthma Chronic Asthma Attack asthma, children, spirometry, lung function, asthma action plan, asthma exacerbation, self management Asthma


You can join if…

Open to people ages 6-15

  1. Physician-diagnosed mild or moderate persistent asthma
  2. On controller therapy [inhaled corticosteroid (ICS), ICS + leukotriene receptor antagonist (LTRA), or ICS + long-acting beta agonist (LABA)] for at least the previous six months
  3. At least one severe exacerbation requiring systemic corticosteroids in the previous year
  4. Baseline FEV1 >/= 70% predicted for age, gender, and height according to published reference standards
  5. Parental consent and the child's assent

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Chronic obstructive respiratory disorder other than asthma (e.g., cystic fibrosis, primary ciliary dyskinesia)
  2. Severe persistent asthma, as evidenced by any of the following:
  3. 3 hospitalizations
  4. 6 severe exacerbations in the previous year on chronic oral corticosteroid therapy daily symptoms
  5. Inability to perform acceptable spirometry
  6. History of collapsed lung
  7. History of syncope with forced exhalation
  8. Not owning an iOS™ device (e.g., iPhone®, iPod®, or iPad®)
  9. Lacking access to wireless local area networking (Wi-Fi™)


  • UCSF- Benioff Children Hospital
    San Francisco California 94158 United States

Lead Scientist at UC Health

  • Ngoc P Ly, MD (ucsf)
    My research has focused on the influences of heredity, as well as prenatal and infant environmental exposures ( including environmental, microbial, and nutritional influences) on immune responses and clinical symptoms of allergy and asthma.


in progress, not accepting new patients
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