Understanding of Asthma Management: Results

Four focus groups were held between December 2001 and January of 2002, including 35 women and 1 man. Primary care providers were self-identified as the biological mother (89%) and were most commonly in the age range of 25 to 35 years (50%). The majority of participants were African Americans (64%), and 31% were married. Participants reported an annual income range of < $10,000, with only five participants with an income > $30,000/yr. The median level of education for the participants was 13 years. The children of the focus group members had a median age of 10 years. Forty-seven percent experienced frequent daytime asthma symptoms occurring daily or several times a week. Children missed a median of 8 days of school during the first half of the current academic year. Only four caregivers reported an asthma specialist managed their child’s asthma. All children were prescribed some asthma-related medication. Ninety-seven percent received an inhaled (3-agonist. Fifty percent reported taking a leukotriene inhibitor, and 47% reported inhaling corticosteroids. Almost one third reported taking oral steroids within the last year.
When discussing “how asthma affected their child’s life and health,” the following domains were prominent: caregiver emotions, caregiver/patient knowledge, environmental issues, school/daycare support, Medicaid health-care system issues, role of medical provider, and emerging adolescence. Each of the domains is discussed with representative parental quotes. http://asthma-inhalers-online.com/buy-generic-flovent-online.html
Parents often cited feelings of nervousness, frustration, anxiety, fear, or anger concerning their child’s asthma. Parents differed in how they tried to cope with these emotions. Some sought to overcome feelings of fear about their child’s asthma therapy and care by adoption of a care “routine.” Parents who either had to deal with a child who required continuous asthma care or those who had cared for a child with asthma for a longer period of time appeared to have better mastered their fears: “I’m so used to it now, I just tell him to get on his asthma machine, and just calm down and usually he’s all right.”

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