Examining the Efficacy of a Novel Augmented Reality Mobile Delivery Platform for the Enhancement of Asthma Care Education for Children

Suha Al-Naimi, Peter Brady, Thomas Andrews, Chris Janes, Fandi Ibrahim, Mohamed Abdel-Maguid

Abstract


 

MySpira is the world first augmented reality (AR) asthma inhaler training app; it enables children to learn asthma keywords, types of inhalers, the preparation of the inhaler and spacer, asthma triggers, and develop skills on how to use an asthma inhaler effectively. All of these are compiled into an enjoyable 20-minute experience, introducing likable characters and tactile interactions, which incentivise the child to progress all the way through the learning experience. This  study aimed to compare the efficacy of the MySpira application to traditional educational material (e.g. leaflets and videos) to improve asthma treatment compliance, technique and user engagement amongst 110 schoolchildren, aged 6 to 13. The findings indicate that MySpira surpasses the traditional educational materials, specifically in terms of enjoyment rating, the use of different inhalers’ techniques, particularly in the younger group (aged 6-9 years). Therefore, MySpira may enhance the level of available asthma care in an attempt to resolve one of the major problems facing asthma suffers and their carers, notably effective use of asthma inhalers.


Keywords


Augmented reality (AR), MySpira, Asthma, Care Education for Children

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International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM) – eISSN: 1865-7923
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