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Happy Air(®), a Successful School-Based Asthma Educational and Interventional Program for Primary School Children.
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PMID:  21410425     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Background. To investigate whether an active partnership between schools, parents, and pediatricians can improve the management of asthma and quality of life of children with asthma. Methods. A comprehensive asthma program (Happy Air(®)), based on a strong family-physician-school relationship, was carried out over a period of 3 years in six primary schools (2765 children). This program provides educational intervention to families, school staff, and students, as well as the administration of written questionnaires to identify children with asthma, asthma diagnosis and management, and, last but not least, extracurricular activities to improve respiratory and psychological conditions. Quality of life of children and parents, at the beginning and end of the program, was assessed using PedsQL™ 4.0 (Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory) measurement model. Result. Asthma was diagnosed in 135 children, of which 37 (27%) were diagnosed de novo. In all children, both single item and total clinical asthma scores showed a significant increase (p < .001) at the end of the Happy Air(®) program. The average scores of both the total PedsQL™ 4.0 and the four Scales were significantly increased (p < .001). Conclusion. Happy Air(®) is a model for a strategy of education- and school-based intervention for children with asthma and their families. This multi-action program for diagnosis, clinical follow-up, education, self-management, and quality-of-life control aims to minimize the socioeconomic burden of asthma disease.
Authors:
Loredana Chini; Roberta Iannini; Marco Chianca; Stefania Corrente; Simona Graziani; Marianna La Rocca; Mario Borruto; Raffaella Di Napoli; Federica Angelini; Giuseppe Visconti; Viviana Moschese
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of asthma : official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-4303     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-3-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8106454     Medline TA:  J Asthma     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Allergologia ed Immunologia Pediatrica, Policlinico Tor Vergata, Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy.
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