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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

Domestic Programs: New York (cont’d)Back to Index

Evaluation of a Family Asthma Program

State University of NY

Buffalo, NY

Michele C. Hindi-Alexander, PhD

(301) 427-1547         

mhindi@ahrq.gov

A family asthma program targeted for children 6-14 years and their family was initiated in 1977 in Buffalo, NY with the following objectives: (1) increase the participants' knowledge and understanding of asthma, its treatment, and its prognosis; (2) increase self management and coping skills; (3) decrease morbidity; and (4) encourage more responsibility for one's own health care.

This family asthma program consisted of a six-week, 12-hour program that reviewed the clinical features, pathophysiology, psychosocial aspects, prognosis, and treatment of asthma. Specific drug actions and interactions, behavior modification, self-management, and relaxation skills were discussed. Special attention was devoted to the recognition of early warning signs of asthma, triggers, pretreatment, and what to do in the event of an acute attack. The children were involved in an activity program that included games, swimming, calisthenics, and relaxation training.

Total activities were increased (p<0.001), unscheduled (sick) health care visits were decreased (p<0.005), and school absences were decreased (p<0.005). Four variables did not reach statistical significance but did change in the expected direction: medication shore, emergency treatments, hospital admissions, and school activities.

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