Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Virginia (cont’d)
Camp Wheeze-B-Gone: Outcomes Analysis of a Summer Asthma Camp
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters
Cynthia S. Kelly, MD
Forty children with moderate to severe asthma between the ages of eight and 13 years participated in Camp Wheeze-B-Gone in 1994, sponsored by Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, VA.
The week-long camp included educational, athletic, and social activities. Campers participated in instructive teaching sessions in the form of scavenger hunts and didactic sessions with peer interaction for an average of four-hours a day. The curriculum included discussion of asthma triggers, early warning signs, medication usage and side effects, peak flow meter and metered- dose inhaler techniques, and personal action plans. Campers were expected to participate in athletic activities to the best of their ability, including swimming, hiking, canoeing, basketball, and "asthma olympics".
Changes in peak flow meter and metered-dose inhaler technique, health care utilization, and school absenteeism were evaluated in a pre-/post- study design, and a statistically significant improvement was seen across all outcomes. Emergency room visits decreased by 59%, hospitalizations decreased by 83%, and school absenteeism decreased from 266 to 188 days.
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