[Evaluation of an education program for patients with asthma who use inhalers]

J Korean Acad Nurs. 2010 Apr;40(2):202-12. doi: 10.4040/jkan.2010.40.2.202.
[Article in Korean]


Purpose: This study was done to evaluate the effectiveness of an education program for patients with asthma who use inhalers.

Methods: The research design for this study was a non-equivalent control group quasi-experimental study. Participants in this study were 36 patients for the control group, and 43 patients for the experimental group. The experimental group participated in the education program. The control group received the usual care. Data were collected before and 1 month and 2 months after the program finished and were analyzed using the SPSS 12.0 program.

Results: The experimental group had significantly higher scores of knowledge of inhalers, and inhalation technique compared to the control group. However, no significant differences were found between two groups for PEFR, asthma instability, and satisfaction with inhalers.

Conclusion: According to the results, the education program was effective in improving knowledge of inhalers, and inhalation technique. Therefore, it is recommended that this education program be used in clinical practice as an effective nursing intervention for patients with asthma on inhalers.

Publication types

  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Asthma / therapy*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Metered Dose Inhalers*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Peak Expiratory Flow Rate
  • Program Evaluation
  • Surveys and Questionnaires