Accession Number : ADA295066

Title :   Effects of Family Adaptation and Asthma Self-Management Training on Adherence in Children with Asthma.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Runger, Lara M.

PDF Url : ADA295066

Report Date : MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 103

Abstract : The purpose of this study was to examine the adaptation and adherence level: of children with asthma and their families, and to determine if these could be influenced in a positive way by attending an asthma self-management program. The study participants were a convenience sample recruited from a military hospital in the Southwest. Five children and their parent(s) participated in the asthma self- management program AIR POWER, which is published and distributed by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Because of the small sample size only descriptive statistics were applied to the data. However, the small size of the group was conducive to an informal atmosphere that facilitated the sharing of anecdotal information, coping strategies, and techniques for environmental control and avoidance of asthma triggers. Subsequent to participation in the program, improvements were noted in the areas of asthma knowledge, in asthma self- management behaviors and improved peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) readings. Chart review three months after the program revealed a decrease in Emergency Room (ER) visits for acute management of asthma. A slight change for the worse was observed in the children's attitude toward having asthma, parents' report of child's behavior in the areas of medication concepts, and in the parents' report of Impact on the Family. Due to the small sample size, it is not possible to discuss whether these findings have any significance.

Descriptors :   *FAMILY MEMBERS, *ADHESION, *ASTHMA, CONTROL, ENVIRONMENTS, EMERGENCIES, MANAGEMENT, TRAINING, STATISTICS, MEDICINE, FLOW RATE, SELF OPERATION, LUNG, BEHAVIOR, CHARTS, PATIENTS, SPACE(ROOM), HOSPITALS, AVOIDANCE, AIR POWER, HEART, BLOOD, CHILDREN, TRIGGER CIRCUITS.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Adhesives, Seals and Binders

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE