Community Intervention for Minority Children With Asthma

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 26, 2000
Last Update Posted : February 18, 2016
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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Brief Summary:
To test the effectiveness of school-based asthma education interventions, community-based asthma health workers' programs and the combination of these on asthmatic children. Also, to examine the separate and combined impact of asthma interventions designed to address problems associated with effective asthma self-management amd difficulties in establishing and maintaining continuity of medical care.

Condition or disease
Asthma Lung Diseases

Detailed Description:


Asthma is a leading cause of childhood illness that disproportionately affects minority children. The causes of higher hospitalization and death rates among minority children with asthma are not understood. It is commonly assumed that barriers related to poverty underlie this public health issue. Two proposed causes of this increased morbidity and mortality are problems associated with effective asthma self-management and difficulties in establishing and maintaining continuity of medical care.

The study was part of a demonstration and education initiative "Interventions for Control of Asthma Among Black and Hispanic Children" which was released by the NHLBI in June 1989.


A school-based asthma self-management program was developed to promote children's self-management skills within predominately minority schools. A community-based asthma health worker program was developed to assist minority families in establishing and maintaining asthma health care within the community. It was hypothesized that the most effective control of asthma would be achieved with the combination of these two interventions. Twenty elementary schools each in inner-city Baltimore, Maryland and inner-city Washington D.C. served as study sites. Asthmatic children grades 1-5 were identified by school records and parent surveys. After obtaining consent, schools were randomly assigned to one of four intervention groups: 1) a control/minimal intervention, 2) a school-based asthma education program, 3) a community-based asthma health worker program, and 4) a combined intervention that included both the school-based education program and the community-based health worker program. The duration of both the school program and the Community health worker program was twelve months. Baseline measures were collected after obtaining consent and prior to school randomization. Followup measures were collected from children and families at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months. Data were collected on hospitalization, emergency or urgent care, acute episodes, health care utilization, medications, school absences, academic performance, self-esteem, self and family asthma management, and family coping.

The study completion date listed in this record was obtained from the "End Date" entered in the Protocol Registration and Results System (PRS) record.

Study Type : Observational
Study Start Date : August 1990
Actual Study Completion Date : July 1995

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 100 Years   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
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