What are the benefits of patient education for pediatric asthma?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kenan Haver, MD  more...
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A systematic review by Coffman and colleagues suggested a benefit school-based asthma education. Their review included 25 studies in children aged 4-17 years. [41] In most of those studies, compared with usual care, school-based asthma education improved knowledge of asthma (7 of 10 studies), self-efficacy (6 of 8 studies), and self-management behaviors (7 of 8 studies). Fewer studies reported favorable effects on quality of life (4 of 8 studies), days of symptoms (5 of 11 studies), nights with symptoms (2 of 4 studies), and school absences (5 of 17 studies). [41]

For patient education information, see the Asthma Center, as well as Asthma, Asthma FAQs, Understanding Asthma Medications, Asthma in Children, and Asthma in School Children: Educational Slides.


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