Reducing asthma admissions using a school-based intervention
Asthma affects 1 in 11 children and young people. Their symptoms range from mild to severe to life-threatening. US data show that asthma impacts on attendance at school, and that high levels of absence result in poor attainment. These adverse consequences are avoidable through effective management.
The team has developed an online asthma control assessment tool for schoolchildren, incorporating validated instruments and questionnaires, where the user answers questions about their asthma and its control. It has been used to test asthma control in school age children, and assess the impact of asthma on their life. The online asthma control assessment tool has also been adapted for clinical use, following input from clinicians and Clinical Nurse Specialists. Here it facilitates measurement of asthma control during consultation, and provides self-management and education tools to improve asthma management.
An intervention (including a board game) has been developed, to educate schoolchildren aged 8+ about the triggers associated with asthma, and how reliever inhalers work to improve asthma self-management.