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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

Domestic Programs: Oregon Back to Index

Implementation of "Open Airways" as an Educational Intervention for Children with Asthma in an HMO

Kaiser Permanente

Portland, OR

William M. Vollmer, PhD

William.Vollmer@kpchr.org

"Implementation of 'Open Airways' as an Educational Intervention for Children with Asthma in an HMO" was conducted by Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon. This study describes the adaptation and implementation of an existing pediatric asthma-management educational program, Open Airways, for members of a large group practice health maintenance organization. The study was one arm of a larger study. The study was implemented from 1989-1992.

Seventy-four children ages 4-14 years and their families participated. The Open Airways program was modified to increase the emphasis on behavioral change and medication information and to reflect the different sociodemographic makeup of the population, compared with that for which the program was developed. Families attended six sessions covering a certain asthma topic at each session (i.e., self-management, triggers, medications). Parents and children attended separate sessions.

Evaluations after the classes suggested an increase in parental confidence in managing their child's asthma and an earlier use of medications, and their child's improved adherence to the medication regimen.

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