In 2015 the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation focused on the production of two significant research reports.

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The impact of respiratory disease in New Zealand: 2014update describes the incidence, impact and time trends of five important respiratory conditions: asthma, bronchiectasis, bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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The He Māramatanga Huango (Understanding Asthma) research report was commissioned by the Ministry of Health and the Asthma Foundation of New Zealand and undertaken by the University of Otago. The report found that the main barriers to optimal health literacy, and therefore optimal care for Māori children with asthma, are structural and endemic to our acute care model of health delivery

Read the BPAC Article entitled: Asthma education in primary care: A focus on improving outcomes for Māori and Pacific peoples based on the He Māramatanga Huangō report and peer reviewed by Dr Tristram Ingham.

Both reports provided valuable and up to date content for the development of Te Hā Ora: National Respiratory Strategy.

2016 update:

We are now working on a new and refreshed Research Strategy and Programme.  Once our research priorities are confirmed we will publicise any request for research proposals.

The work programme will focus on implementing the goals of Te Hā Ora: National Respiratory Strategy by

· Supporting research that fills gaps in the evidence base, addresses equity in services and outcomes for Māori, Pacific and low income communities, and is action-oriented and easily translated into practice.
· Sharing information by presenting research in ways that generate interest and awareness of respiratory health and encourage practical application of evidence-based information.
· Building sustainability in the field of respiratory research through funding research, working with key partners, and encouraging future respiratory researchers.

Asthma and Respiratory Foundation funded research in progress:

Dr Sandra Hotu: A model of care for Māori with chronic airways disease

The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation is supporting a Health Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellowship awarded to Dr Sandra Hotu.  Dr Hotu is a Māori Respiratory Physician of Ngāti Maniapoto descent at Auckland City Hospital.  The fellowship will be used to undertake her PhD research over the next three years to 2018, which will be based in Auckland City Hospital.  It is designed to fill a significant gap in the evidence base and improve Māori health outcomes and equity of health: 

“We aim to examine whether a novel model of care, tailored to Māori and people with chronic airways disease, is more effective than usual care in reducing exacerbation rates, health-related quality of life and exercise capacity. We plan to use results from our interviews, focus group sessions and discussions with Māori community leaders along with current evidence to design the model of care then examine its effectiveness with a prospective, randomised controlled trial.”

Dr Hotu is currently working on her literature review, methodology planning and consulting with stakeholders.  We will keep you up to date as this important research study progresses.

Research portal development:

Over 2016 we will continue to build our portal of research knowledge within the “Research Studies” section of this site.

We aim to bring you an array of significant, up to date and easy to find research.  Research is presented in various forms including frameworks, compilations and individual studies relating to respiratory health in New Zealand, and learning we can take from other parts of the world. 

Initially our selection is drawn from:

· research featured in Te Hā Ora: National Respiratory Strategy
· our most recent New Zealand Respiratory Conference (November 2015)
· Asthma and Respiratory Foundation funded research studies
· links to key research compilations, such as NZ Respiratory Research Review and Sleep Medicine Research Review.

You are welcome to contact us with suggested content.  

In future any new research will need to be endorsed by an advisory group of experts before it is posted.  

Content is welcomed on
· Respiratory conditions (asthma, bronchiectasis, COPD, lung cancer, OSA and others)
· Health determinants (eg, poverty, housing, smoking, obesity)
· Aspects of health care, services and systems that impact on respiratory health (eg, health literacy and self-management support, access to primary care, health workforce).

Please send your suggestions and feedback to: Kathy@asthmaandrespiratory.org.nz

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