The research team has developed Inspire, a project that uses an app to track absences due to asthma-related illness and deliver tailored advice to improve treatment. This project involves researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), a partnership between the Universities of Brighton and Sussex and the local NHS health community, and Brighton and Hove City Council.
On average there are three children with asthma in every classroom in the UK, which has among the highest prevalence rates of asthma symptoms in children worldwide. Every year more than one in five children miss school due to asthma-like illness, and children with severe asthma may miss many weeks of vital education.
BSMS Chair of Paediatrics, Professor Somnath Mukhopadhyay, who is the lead on the project said: “The connection between the health of children and school attainment is well documented. Not only are these children missing out on the quality of life they deserve, but their asthma has a real knock-on effect, impacting on their education, and possibly even their future careers.”
“Reducing school absenteeism through more effective management of illness is a health improvement area that receives the unanimous backing of schools, the NHS and parents and carers.”