What is this study?
Researchers want to better understand severe asthma by enrolling people with asthma into the Asthma Institute Research Registry. A research registry is a list of individuals who agree to allow researchers to review and study their medical records, and allow researchers to contact them about future research study opportunities. Many advancements in medicine have resulted from research involving the collection and analysis of the medical record information of patients with a certain disease or condition, such as asthma.
Who can participate?
- Ages 18 and up
- Have a diagnosis of asthma
- Never smoker or have smoked less than 20 pack years (to calculate your pack years, visit https://www.smokingpackyears.com)
What can I expect in the study?
- 1 study visit (approximately 1 hour). At this visit participants can expect to:
- Consent to adding their medical information to the registry
- Answer questions about their asthma, medical history and environment
- Undergo breathing tests
- Complete a blood draw
- Participants are compensated $30 for their visit
- Participants who join the registry may be contacted for future asthma studies
What do we hope to learn from this study?
- Improve our understanding of asthma burden and asthma symptoms in western Pennsylvania
- Explore the impact of environmental exposures unique to our area on asthma
- Identify folks with asthma who may be candidates for other asthma research studies
What have we learned from this study so far?
- Historical Redlining Impacts Contemporary Environmental and Asthma-Related Outcomes in Black Adults
- Impact of a pollution breach at a coke oven factory on asthma control in nearby vulnerable adults