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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

Domestic Programs: California (cont'd) Back to Index

Power Breathing

University of California

Los Angeles, CA

Jill Berg, PhD, RN

(310) 794-5835         

jberg@sonnet.ucla.edu

In response to school nurse concern in West Covina, CA, this pilot study evaluated an adolescent asthma education program, the Power Breathing Program, together with individual coaching sessions.

Thirteen high school students aged 15-18 in grades 9-11, predominantly female and African-American, participated over a 6-month period. The intervention consisted of the Power Breathing Program (three 90-minute group educational sessions) followed by three 15-minute individual coaching sessions. All sessions were delivered at school during the school day by a nurse trained in the Power Breathing program.

Evaluation tools included the Child Health Survey for Asthma, a focus group interview, and a Power Breathing Program evaluation questionnaire. Participants reported that knowledge gained improved trigger avoidance, increased medication adherence, and decreased the frequency of asthma episodes.

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