Evaluation of a family asthma program

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This article presents the results of an evaluation of a 12-hour patient education program for children with asthma and their parents. Ninety-two of 147 participants (63%) completed the 1-year follow-up. The effectiveness of the family asthma program (FAP) was measured by a "knowledge of asthma" questionnaire administered before and at the last session; it demonstrated a significant improvement for parents (p < 0.001) and children (p < 0.01). The "multidimensional health locus of control scales" (administered to a subgroup of 42 adults and 29 children before and 3 mo after the FAP) demonstrated a significant change in attitude toward asthma for both parents (p < 0.05) and children (p < 0.005), indicating an interest to assume more responsibility for self-management. In addition, eight variables were measured in the children before the FAP was started and longitudinally on a monthly basis for 1 yr after completion of the FAP. Three of these variables demonstrated a significant change: total activities were increased (p < 0.001), unscheduled health-care visits were decreased (p < 0.005), and school absences were decreased (p < 0.005). Four variables did not reach statistical significance but did change in the expected direction: medication score, 10% decrease; emergency treatments, 24% decrease; hospital admissions, 44% decrease; school activities, 5% increase. These results demonstrate that this FAP effectively complemented medical care and provided a useful preparation for self-management. © 1984.




Hindi-Alexander, M. C., & Cropp, G. J. A. (1984). Evaluation of a family asthma program. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 74(4 PART 1), 505–510. https://doi.org/10.1016/0091-6749(84)90386-5

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