Development and evaluation of an adult asthma self-management program: Wheezers Anonymous

J Asthma. 1987;24(3):153-8. doi: 10.3109/02770908709070931.


The efficacy of an adult asthma self-management program, Wheezers Anonymous (WA), was tested utilizing 79 adult asthmatic patients. Subjects were randomly assigned to a treatment or waiting-list control group. Baseline data gathered included measures of symptom severity, health-care utilization, knowledge of asthma, attitudes about asthma, and self-efficacy. All subjects completed the same measures 1, 2, and 3 months following the WA intervention. Knowledge about asthma increased in the treatment group relative to the waiting-list controls; the number of attacks decreased in the treatment group only, thus demonstrating the efficacy of the WA program.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Asthma / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Random Allocation
  • Self-Help Devices
  • Self-Help Groups*
  • Waiting Lists