“Teens don’t want to be different from their peers, and it’s not uncommon for them to be in denial about their asthma. They can stop taking their long-term control meds and rely only on quick-relief meds, which don’t keep asthma under control.”
Dr. Betsy Sleath, a professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, wants to change that mindset of some teens with asthma. To do that, Sleath and her team created a six-part video series — “You vs. Asthma” — which is presented as an all-teen newscast and emphasizes the importance of talking with a doctor during a visit.
Sleath received a $1.9 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for her work to help improve the lives of teens with asthma.