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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

Domestic Programs: Michigan Back to Index

CAP: Comprehensive Asthma Program

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital

Ann Arbor, MI

Annie Khuntia, MD


The Comprehensive Asthma Program (CAP), an educational program targeting high-risk children (7-15 years) with asthma has been implemented into several of the Ypsilanti, Lincoln Consolidated, and Ann Arbor elementary and middle schools in Michigan.

The asthma education program is modeled after the American Lung Association's Open Airways for Schools Program. Children with asthma are self-identified or identified by their school emergency medical card and invited to participate in the program. The children are taken out of their regular classroom activities one hour per week for six weeks to participate. There are group sessions discussing general information about asthma and triggers/exposures. Children bring home a packet for their parents to review. A follow-up phone call is made to the parents regarding the information in the packet. Data is collected before the program begins, after the program ends and at six months post. A nurse and social worker conduct the classes.

The goal of this study was to determine if a coordinated interactive school-based program focusing on asthma education could help improve overall quality of life of children with asthma and their caregivers. Quality of life for children was positively impacted and there was a trend toward improvement for the quality of life for caregivers.

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