The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2016 , Vol 58 , Num 4
Efficacy of asthma education program on asthma control in children with uncontrolled asthma
Zeynep Arıkan-Ayyıldız 1 ,Sakine Işık 2 ,Şule Çağlayan-Sözmen 2 ,Özden Anal 2 ,Özkan Karaman 2 ,Nevin Uzuner 2
1 Gazi Yaşargil Training and Research Hospital, Diyarbakır, Turkey
2 Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey
We aimed to evaluate the efficacy of a group education program on asthma control for children with uncontrolled asthma. Patients were randomized to receive 1-hour group education program with their parents or usual care. Our primary outcome was the change in asthma control test (ACT) between baseline and month 3 and secondary outcomes were health care utilizations and self report of exacerbations of asthma symptoms and missed school days. Change of ACT between baseline and 1st month and 3rd month was not significant in education and usual care groups. Health care utilizations and self reported exacerbations in the study groups were similar while missed school days were significantly higher in usual care group. The results of the study suggest that group education may play a useful role in the management of children with uncontrolled asthma but it is not significantly effective when compared with usual care. Keywords : education, uncontrolled asthma, children, intervention
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