Patient and family management of asthma: theory-based techniques for the clinician

J Asthma. 1994;31(6):427-35. doi: 10.3109/02770909409089484.


Several model asthma education programs are available to improve patient self-management, and elements of these models are discussed as they relate to the teaching role of health-care providers. Self-regulation is being explored in current asthma education research, and preliminary findings of a study are presented that show self-regulation behaviors to be associated with more frequent use of asthma management strategies by patients. Using more management strategies was associated with being observant of symptoms (p = .0001) and feeling confident to manage them (p = .01). Taking more preventive actions was associated with being observant (p = .001) and feeling confident to keep the child out of the triggering situation (p = .02) and prevent symptoms (p = .001). Important issues arising from recent psychosocial research are outlined for consideration by the clinician. These include ways that counseling by the health professional can encourage self-regulation and better at-home management of asthma.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asthma / prevention & control
  • Asthma / therapy*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Family
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods
  • Regression Analysis
  • Self Care / methods*