A Collaborative Approach for Creating Healthier Indoor Air and Improving Asthma Management for School-age Children with Asthma

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163156
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
A Collaborative Approach for Creating Healthier Indoor Air and Improving Asthma Management for School-age Children with Asthma
Author(s):
Palmer, Elizabeth A.; Martins, Diane; Kuzneski, Jodell L.; Zuraikat, Nashat
Author Details:
Elizabeth A. Palmer, PhD, RN, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA, email: lpalmer@iup.edu; Diane Martins, PhD, RN, University of Massachusetts College of Nursing; Jodell L. Kuzneski, MNEd, RN; Nashat Zuraikat, PhD, RN
Abstract:
Purpose: To assess respiratory health and home environmental asthma triggers and determine the effectiveness of a collaborative educational and intervention program for asthma among school-age children. Theoretical Framework: None. Methods (Design, Sample, Setting, Measures, Analysis): Based on an initial prevalence study (Palmer, Kuzneski & Zuraikat, 2004), data revealed a 17% incidence of diagnosed asthma in a K-6 grade population, which is above the national average of 15%. A quasi-experimental design was used with a sample of 8 self-selected children with asthma in grades 4-6 in a rural school district in western Pennsylvania. Data were collected utilizing the EPA Asthma Home Environmental Checklist and individual respiratory health assessments to determine home environmental asthma triggers and the current impact of asthma on the child. Based on initial assessments, comprehensive individualized educational and asthma management plans were developed in partnership with the investigators, family and American Respiratory Alliance of Western PA. The asthma management plan included the introduction of home environmental controls such as humidifiers, mattress encasements, air purifiers and HEPA filter vacuums. The educational component of the plan included the use of electronic peak flow meters and NHLBI asthma management guidelines. Data from follow-up assessments and a comparison of pre and post intervention peak flow meter readings were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results: Post intervention results suggest an overall improvement in the participants' mean peak flow meter readings, a decrease in the number of missed school days and a decrease in the frequency of disturbed sleep or play due to coughing or wheezing. Conclusions and Implications: School age children with asthma and their parents benefit from a comprehensive asthma management plan that includes a team approach to education and the control of environmental triggers. Practitioners and educators working with school-age children with asthma may consider adopting this collaborative approach to asthma management. Replication of the study with a larger sample size is warranted.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
19th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Description:
Conference theme: Building Communities of Scholarship and Research, held April 12-14, 2007 at The Westin Providence.
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleA Collaborative Approach for Creating Healthier Indoor Air and Improving Asthma Management for School-age Children with Asthmaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorPalmer, Elizabeth A.en_US
dc.contributor.authorMartins, Dianeen_US
dc.contributor.authorKuzneski, Jodell L.en_US
dc.contributor.authorZuraikat, Nashaten_US
dc.author.detailsElizabeth A. Palmer, PhD, RN, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA, email: lpalmer@iup.edu; Diane Martins, PhD, RN, University of Massachusetts College of Nursing; Jodell L. Kuzneski, MNEd, RN; Nashat Zuraikat, PhD, RNen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163156-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: To assess respiratory health and home environmental asthma triggers and determine the effectiveness of a collaborative educational and intervention program for asthma among school-age children. Theoretical Framework: None. Methods (Design, Sample, Setting, Measures, Analysis): Based on an initial prevalence study (Palmer, Kuzneski & Zuraikat, 2004), data revealed a 17% incidence of diagnosed asthma in a K-6 grade population, which is above the national average of 15%. A quasi-experimental design was used with a sample of 8 self-selected children with asthma in grades 4-6 in a rural school district in western Pennsylvania. Data were collected utilizing the EPA Asthma Home Environmental Checklist and individual respiratory health assessments to determine home environmental asthma triggers and the current impact of asthma on the child. Based on initial assessments, comprehensive individualized educational and asthma management plans were developed in partnership with the investigators, family and American Respiratory Alliance of Western PA. The asthma management plan included the introduction of home environmental controls such as humidifiers, mattress encasements, air purifiers and HEPA filter vacuums. The educational component of the plan included the use of electronic peak flow meters and NHLBI asthma management guidelines. Data from follow-up assessments and a comparison of pre and post intervention peak flow meter readings were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results: Post intervention results suggest an overall improvement in the participants' mean peak flow meter readings, a decrease in the number of missed school days and a decrease in the frequency of disturbed sleep or play due to coughing or wheezing. Conclusions and Implications: School age children with asthma and their parents benefit from a comprehensive asthma management plan that includes a team approach to education and the control of environmental triggers. Practitioners and educators working with school-age children with asthma may consider adopting this collaborative approach to asthma management. Replication of the study with a larger sample size is warranted.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:02:21Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:02:21Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name19th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationProvidence, Rhode Island, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: Building Communities of Scholarship and Research, held April 12-14, 2007 at The Westin Providence.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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