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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

International Programs: China (cont’d)Back to Index

Evaluation of an Asthma Management Program for Chinese Children with Mild-to-Moderate Asthma in Hong Kong

Chinese University

Hong Kong SAR China

Dr. Ting-Fan Leung

Leung2142@cuhk.edu.hk

"Evaluation of an Asthma Management Program for Chinese Children with Mild-to-Moderate Asthma in Hong Kong" was implemented in 1996. The study involved an outpatient clinic-based prospective cohort of Chinese children with asthma. Each patient received one 2-hr session of AMP which was conducted by a pediatric nurse specialist. Asthma outcomes were measured at baseline and at 6 and 12 months after completion of the AMP.

A total of 106 asthmatic children were enrolled and they showed a significant decrease in nocturnal cough, wheezing attacks, and subjective assessment of severity at 6 and 12 months post intervention. Acute asthmatic attacks, unscheduled outpatient attendance, emergency room visits, school absenteeism, and number and duration of hospitalizations were also reduced during the follow-up period. Significantly more children were reported to use inhaled beclomethasone at the end of the study.

In conclusion, the cohort of Chinese children with mild-to-moderate asthma used significantly more inhaled corticosteroids and practiced more measures to control house dust mites at the end of the 1year treatment period.

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