Follow-up of an elementary school intervention for asthma management: Do gains last into middle school

Cindy Greenberg, Pamela Luna, Gretchen Simmons, Marian Huhman, Sarah Merkle, Leah Robin, Dana Keener

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Abstract

Objective. Albuquerque Public Schools (APS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conducted an evaluation to examine whether students who were exposed to the APS asthma program in elementary school retained benefits into middle school. Methods. APS middle school students who participated in the APS asthma program in elementary school, including the Open Airways for Schools (OAS) education curriculum, responded to a follow-up questionnaire (N=121) and participated in student focus groups (N=40). Asthma management self-efficacy scores from the follow-up questionnaire were compared to scores obtained before and after the OAS education component. Additional items assessed students' asthma symptoms, management skills, avoidance of asthma triggers, and school impact. Results. Although asthma management self-efficacy scores declined in middle school among students exposed to the asthma program in elementary school, they remained significantly higher than scores obtained during elementary school prior to the OAS intervention. Conclusion. The results indicate that although students benefited from the asthma program delivered in elementary school, they need booster sessions and continued school support in middle school.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)587-593
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Asthma
Volume47
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010

Keywords

  • Adolescents and asthma
  • Asthma management intervention
  • Coordinated school health
  • Program evaluation
  • School-based programs for asthma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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