The effects of self-management education for school-age children on asthma morbidity: a systematic review

J Sch Nurs. 2011 Aug;27(4):282-92. doi: 10.1177/1059840511403003. Epub 2011 Apr 8.

Abstract

The effects of asthma self-management education for school-age children on number of school days missed, emergency department visits and hospital admissions were evaluated through a systematic review of the published research. A total of 9 studies on asthma education programs that were conducted in schools by school nurses and health educators and targeted children 5-18 years of age were reviewed. The studies were all published between 1998 and 2009. The school-based asthma education programs delivered interventions in multiple sessions over short consecutive time periods of about a month to a month and a half. Follow-up data were collected in varying intervals from 1 month to 1 year postinterventions. Results indicated that a decrease in school days missed can be expected from such programs. The data regarding emergency department visits and hospital admissions was less definitive.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Asthma / epidemiology
  • Asthma / prevention & control
  • Asthma / therapy*
  • Child
  • Child Welfare / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods*
  • School Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Schools / organization & administration
  • Self Care / methods*
  • Self Efficacy*
  • United States