Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Texas (cont’d)
University of Texas Medical Branch
Anne Meng, MN, CPNP, RNC
Camp RAD (Reactive Airway Disease) is a one-week day camp developed at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, in response to high rates of hospital admission for children with asthma. The purpose of the camp is to provide opportunities for school age children with asthma to learn asthma management skills. The camp setting combines fun filled interactive learning with opportunities to apply asthma management concepts in normal daily activities. Creative strategies are used to engage parents in asthma education and measurement of program outcomes is a critical component of the program.
Camp RAD has documented consistently stable and significant outcomes since its inception in 1994. Outcomes include: significant reductions in emergency room visits and missed school days, decreased hospitalization rates, asthma symptoms, increased self-management skills, child asthma knowledge and self-efficacy, and increased parent and child satisfaction. The Fraternal Order of Eagles has funded a project to animate the Camp RAD asthma curriculum for distribution in CD or DVD format to health professionals in the State of Texas. This project is currently in progress.
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