The Impact of Live Webinar Asthma Education for Caregivers of Asthmatic Children 0-4 Years of Age
Asthma is the most common chronic condition in children in the United States with an estimated 6.2 million children affected. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program recommends self-management education for asthmatic children and their families in conjunction with ambulatory care services to improve management and outcomes of children with asthma. Despite the need, barriers to attend and participate in asthma self-management education often exist. Rosswurm and Larrabee’s evidence-based practice change model was utilized to develop a project aimed to improve access to asthma education through the use of a live-webinar. The project used a convenience sample of 30 self-selected caregivers with preschool asthmatic children from a pediatric pulmonology practice. The project aimed to evaluate a live-webinar asthma education intervention on asthma control, use of live-webinar format, and impact on emergency room visits and hospitalization. The Test for Respiratory and Asthma Control in Kids (TRACK) was the validated instrument used in the study. Statistical significance was achieved for asthma control (p= .010) in the participants who completed all three data points (n=21). Participants (>84%) found the live-webinar simple to use, convenient, and the information useful. Emergency visits and hospitalization rates were not impacted. Asthma education is a key component to achieve asthma control, and an awareness of the barriers that exist with an effort to overcome those barriers are possible through the use of live-webinar education.
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