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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/147689
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Jamaica Asthma and Allergies National Prevalence Study
Abstract:
The Jamaica Asthma and Allergies National Prevalence Study
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Kahwa, Eulalia, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:University of the West Indies
Title:Lecturer
Co-Authors:Laurel R. Talabere, PhD, RN, AE-C
[Scientific session research presentation] Asthma is a major public health problem in Jamaica. Although studies done in some Caribbean countries suggest that many children in the Caribbean are suffering from asthma, few studies have been done to determine the actual occurrence of asthma in either children or adults. Lawrence and Segree (1981) indicated 21% of high schoolers had asthma. The Ministry of Health statistics show increasing number of Accident and Emergency Department visits and hospital admissions due to asthma, but current data are lacking on asthma prevalence as well as risk factors, environmental irritants and triggers. The research objectives for this study include: 1) to determine the number of people affected by asthma, 2) to gather data on risk factors and triggers, and 3) to assess the level of  knowledge about asthma in the population. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica is conducting an island-wide survey under the direction of The University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona in Kingston. Data are being collected from a nationally representative sample of 2000 adults and 2000 children by trained interviewers, using modified versions of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) Questionnaire (1991) and the European Community Respiratory Health Survey for adults (1994). Both questionnaires were developed and standardized to facilitate comparison of data on the occurrence of asthma and allergic disease internationally. A pilot study has been conducted with 50 children and 50 adults who meet the study criteria to determine the suitability of the questionnaires for use in the Jamaican population. Findings will provide information for health care planning and resource allocation, inform policy decisions and contribute to a comprehensive approach to asthma management and education. Accurate information is important for effective prevention, treatment and management of asthma.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Jamaica Asthma and Allergies National Prevalence Studyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/147689-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Jamaica Asthma and Allergies National Prevalence Study</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Kahwa, Eulalia, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of the West Indies</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Lecturer</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">eulalia.kahwa02@uwimona.edu.jm</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Laurel R. Talabere, PhD, RN, AE-C</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Scientific session research presentation] Asthma is a major public health problem in Jamaica. Although studies done in some Caribbean countries suggest that many children in the Caribbean are suffering from asthma, few studies have been done to determine the actual occurrence of asthma in either children or adults. Lawrence and Segree (1981) indicated 21% of high schoolers had asthma. The Ministry of Health statistics show increasing number of Accident and Emergency Department visits and hospital admissions due to asthma, but current data are lacking on asthma prevalence as well as risk factors, environmental irritants and triggers. The research objectives for this study include: 1) to determine the number of people affected by asthma, 2) to gather data on risk factors and triggers, and 3) to assess the level of &nbsp;knowledge about asthma in the population.&nbsp;The Statistical Institute of Jamaica is conducting an island-wide survey under the direction of The University of the West Indies School of Nursing, Mona in Kingston. Data are being collected from a nationally representative sample of 2000 adults and 2000 children by trained interviewers, using modified versions of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) Questionnaire (1991) and the European Community Respiratory Health Survey for adults (1994). Both questionnaires were developed and standardized to facilitate comparison of data on the occurrence of asthma and allergic disease internationally. A pilot study has been conducted with 50 children and 50 adults who meet the study criteria to determine the suitability of the questionnaires for use in the Jamaican population.&nbsp;Findings will provide information for health care planning and resource allocation, inform policy decisions and contribute to a comprehensive approach to asthma management and education. Accurate information is important for effective prevention, treatment and management of asthma.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:35:10Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:35:10Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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