Development and evaluation of a school-based asthma educational program
Al Aloola, Noha Abdullah, Saba, Maya, Nissen, Lisa, Alewairdhi, Huda Abdullaziz, Alaloola, Alhnouf, & Saini, Bandana (2016) Development and evaluation of a school-based asthma educational program. Journal of Asthma. (In Press)
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OBJECTIVES: To develop, implement, and evaluate the effects of a school-based asthma educational program on Saudi primary schools teachers' asthma awareness and competence in delivering asthma related first aid interventions.
METHODS: An asthma educational intervention program entitled “School Asthma Action Program” (SAAP) was designed based on pedagogical principles and implemented among teachers randomly selected from girls' primary schools in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This pilot study employed a pre-test/post-test experimental design. A previously tested asthma awareness questionnaire and a custom-designed asthma competence score sheet were used to evaluate the effects of the educational intervention program on teacher's asthma awareness and competence in providing asthma related first aid interventions at schools.
RESULTS: Forty-seven teachers from five different primary schools participated in the program. Of the 47 teachers, 39 completed both the pre- and post-program questionnaires. The SAAP improved teachers' awareness of asthma (teachers' median pre-program score was 11 (range 5–18) and their post-program score was 15 (range 7–18), p < 0.001) and their attitudes toward asthma management at schools (teachers' median pre-program score was 74 (range 15–75) and their post-program score was 75 (range 15–75), p = 0.043). Further, it improved teachers' competence in providing asthma related first aid interventions (teachers' mean pre-program score was 1.4 ± 2.3 and their mean post-program score was 9.8 ± 0.5, p < 0.001). After completing the SAAP, a high proportion of teachers reported increased confidence in providing care to children with asthma at school.
CONCLUSION: School-based asthma educational programs can significantly improve teachers' knowledge of asthma and their competence in providing asthma related first aid interventions during emergencies.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Asthma, School-based, Educational, Program, Development|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis Inc.|
|Copyright Statement:||The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published
and is available in Journal of Asthma, 05 August 2016, http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02770903.2016.1218015
|Deposited On:||11 Aug 2016 02:28|
|Last Modified:||28 Aug 2016 18:14|
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