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Teen Asthma Project (TAP)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
University of Rochester Identifier:
First received: July 9, 2010
Last updated: July 12, 2010
Last verified: July 2010

Aims of this study are:

  1. To determine the feasibility of implementing the intervention using a peer-assisted asthma day camp for adolescents with asthma.
  2. To determine patterns of change in knowledge, attitudes toward asthma, self-efficacy, perception of barriers, and self-management behaviors, asthma control and quality of life over time among peer leaders.
  3. To test the following hypothesis:

    • Adolescents participating in a peer-assisted asthma camp program will report improved knowledge, attitudes toward asthma, self-efficacy, and self-management behaviors, decreased perception of barriers, and increased asthma control and quality of life at 3-, 6- and 9-months post-intervention compared with the adult-led camp group.
  4. To examine the moderating effect of personal factors (e.g., age, sex, socioeconomic status, race, illness status, family support) on intervention outcomes such as self-management behaviors, asthma control and quality of life in adolescents with asthma.
  5. To examine the effect of the peer-assisted camp program on self-reported health care utilization including emergency department visits, days of hospitalization, outpatient visits by comparing between baseline and 9-months post-camp data and between the peer-led camp and the adult-camp programs.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Peer-assisted asthma self-management program
Behavioral: Adult-led asthma self-management program

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Peer-Assisted Asthma Self-Management Program for Adolescents

Further study details as provided by University of Rochester:

Enrollment: 126
Study Start Date: March 2007
Study Completion Date: August 2008
Primary Completion Date: August 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: peer-led asthma self-managment program Behavioral: Peer-assisted asthma self-management program
Intervention group: An asthma self-management program (Power Breathing™) was implemented by trained peer leaders at an asthma day camp. The program consisted of 3 sessions (appx. 45-60 min/session): basic asthma education (pathophysiology, triggers); psychosocial issues of asthma; and asthma self-management (peak flow monitoring and medication). The program was delivered by trained peer leaders paired for each small group of 6-8 teens. Group activities involved discussion, strategic thinking, knowledge-testing games and role plays.
Active Comparator: Adult-led asthma self-management program Behavioral: Adult-led asthma self-management program
Control group: The group attended an adult-led day camp where 2 NPs and a MD offered didactic asthma education based on the Power Breathing™ program.


Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years to 20 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. age between 13-18 years
  2. mild, moderate or severe persistent asthma specified by the NHLBI Asthma guidelines
  3. asthma diagnosis > 1 year
  4. no other major chronic/emotional health concerns
  5. ability to understand spoken and written English. Participants were recruited from the communities through flyers, newspaper ads, and referrals from clinics and schools.

Eligibility criteria for peer leaders included:

  1. age between 16-20 years
  2. nomination from school teachers/nurses or health care providers
  3. average grade point B or above in the past school year
  4. fulfillment of eligibility criteria (2)-(5) prescribed for adolescent participants.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • learning disabilities based on reports from parents, teachers or clinicians
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01161225

United States, New York
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, New York, United States, 14642
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Rochester
Principal Investigator: Hyekyun Rhee, PhD University of Rochester
  More Information

Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Karen Huss, National Institute of Nursing Research Identifier: NCT01161225     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21NR009837
Study First Received: July 9, 2010
Last Updated: July 12, 2010
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Rochester:
Peer leader program
asthma camp
asthma control
quality of life
barrier perceptions

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bronchial Diseases
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Immune System Diseases
Lung Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Respiratory Hypersensitivity
Respiratory Tract Diseases processed this record on November 25, 2014