An evaluation of Open Airways for Schools

Using college students as instructors

Jean Marie Bruzzese, Lisa Markman, David K. Appel, Mayris P. Webber

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Abstract

Fifteen years ago, Open Airways for Schools (OAS) was found to be an effective asthma education program for elementary school children when taught by professionals. To determine whether OAS is effective when taught by college students and whether it could withstand potential cohort effects, 54 inner-city fourth and fifth graders were taught OAS. Paired t-test revealed that OAS improved asthma knowledge, self-efficacy, self-management skills, social support and perception of well-being (p < 0.05). Fifteen years later, OAS continue to improve children self-management skills. Facilitators with little prior experience who received brief training in asthma knowledge and group leadership skills can effectively teach OAS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-342
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Asthma
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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Keywords

  • African-American
  • Asthma
  • Children
  • Health education
  • Hispanic
  • Inner-city
  • Intervention
  • Minority
  • Open Airways
  • School

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  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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An evaluation of Open Airways for Schools : Using college students as instructors. / Bruzzese, Jean Marie; Markman, Lisa; Appel, David K.; Webber, Mayris P.

In: Journal of Asthma, Vol. 38, No. 4, 2001, p. 337-342.

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