Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Florida (cont'd)
Promoting adherence: effects of theory-based asthma education
University of Florida College of Nursing
Susan D. Schaffer, PhD
This study, conducted by the University of Florida College of Nursing in Gainesville, FL, compared the effects of a theoretically focused audiotape and a standard educational booklet on asthma preventive medication adherence and other asthma outcomes.
Forty-six adult asthmatics were randomly assigned to receive either a 30 minute audiotape (Bob's Lung Story, Lelko, 1999, contains a character story and songs, incorporating components of Protection Motivation Theory to address asthma self-management), a standard asthma management booklet (by NIH), both, or no educational materials. Participants reviewed the materials in the research office, then took a knowledge post-test. No further education occurred.
Outcomes were assessed at baseline, 3 months, and 6 months, and included medication adherence (both self-reported and pharmacy-verified), asthma knowledge, asthma control, and asthma quality of life. Evaluation results indicated that a minimal educational intervention can have a beneficial effect on asthma medication adherence that persists at least 6 months.
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